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Unai Emery reveals he spoke with Laurent Koscielny THREE times before captain refused to go on Arsenal's US tour as he admits still waiting to find out if defender will stay Laurent Koscielny refused to go on tour as he wants to force a move away  Manager Unai Emery desperately attempted to to get Frenchman to come along  Gunners beat Colorado Rapids 3-0 in first pre-season game in United States  Emery said: 'This is his decision, only his. He's speaking only with the club'

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Published: 09:18 BST, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 09:18 BST, 16 July 2019

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed he spoke to Laurent Koscielny three times in a forlorn attempt to get his captain on the club's pre-season tour.

The Gunners announced last week that the former France international had refused to fly to the United States and it is understood his decision came after his request to have his contract terminated and find a new club was rejected, with disciplinary proceedings due as a result.

Without Koscielny, a young Arsenal side eased to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids in their first game of pre-season as new signing Gabriel Martinelli impressed, scoring the third goal after Bukayo Saka and James Olayinka had put the visitors in charge.

Unai Emery has revealed he tried to persuade Laurent Koscielny to come on tour three times

Unai Emery has revealed he tried to persuade Laurent

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