By Press Association Reporter
Published: 09:18 BST, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 09:18 BST, 16 July 2019
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