Ex-Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny has broken his silence on his controversial exit from the North London club earlier this week.
French defender Koscielny officially left Arsenal to join French Ligue 1 club Bordeaux on Tuesday.
His exit was controversial on the back of his refusal to follow the Arsenal squad to the preseason tour of the United States (US).
He addressed his controversial exit via a statement on his Instagram page.
According to him, he has been in discussion with the club and his teammates for months on the idea of leaving the club.
Bordeaux will pay €5m for his transfer from Arsenal.
The former French international centre back is back in France after nine years with the Gunners.
Laurent Koscielny became an Arsenal player in the summer of 2010.
The 33-year-old joined the Gunners from French club Lorient in 2009 in a deal reported to be around €10m.
He was the longest-serving player at Arsenal before his move to Bordeaux.
Laurent Koscielny made over 300 appearances for the Gunners during his time at the club including 255 Premier League appearances.
In addition, the Frenchman also won three FA Cup titles with Arsenal.
Laurent Koscielny was part of the FA Cup winning squad in 2014, 2015 and 2017.