Laurent Koscielny calls for unity at Arsenal amid crisis

Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is pictured during training for Bordeaux
Koscielny joined Bordeaux during the summer (Picture: Getty)

Laurent Koscielny has called for unity at Arsenal amid turmoil at his former club.

Freddie Ljungberg’s appointment as interim coach has done nothing to stop the slump at Arsenal, with a home defeat to Brighton the latest humiliation for the Gunners.

Koscielny quit Arsenal during the summer to return to France and the former skipper has now spoken out on the developing crisis at the Emirates.

‘I am happy for [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] to be appointed captain at Arsenal,’ Koscielny told French TV channel Canal Football Club.

Laurent Koscielny acknowledges Unai Emery as he is subbed off during an Arsenal game
Koscielny was not happy with Emery’s decision-making (Picture: Getty)

‘I wish them the best, even though they are in a pretty tricky period.

‘But there you have it, it is in these moments where you see a team, a collective, ready to fight together to climb back up the pole.’

Arsenal fans were shocked to learn of Koscielny’s desire to leave the club, with the centre-back reportedly unhappy with his treatment under Unai Emery.

Emery’s exit last month has failed to inspire an upturn in results and defence has been a particular issue for the Gunners.

Koscielny faced criticism for leaving Arsenal and the Frenchman admitted he could understand fans’ frustrations.

‘I can understand [why Arsenal fans didn’t understand my exit],’ he said.

Former Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny pictures in action for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux
Arsenal have gone into meltdown since Koscielny’s exit(Picture: Getty)

‘Nobody anticipated my Arsenal departure. To keep it simple, I was not as happy as I was on the first day I signed, and then with my family we needed to return home, to have a new challenge for us.’

It is unclear who Arsenal intend to appoint as their manager, with a host of names linked with the vacant position.

Massimiliano Allegri, Patrick Vieira and Brendan Rodgers have all been mentioned as candidates, although the Leicester City boss ended speculation about his future last week by signing a new long-term deal with the Foxes.

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