Laurent Koscielny has finally apologised to Arsenal fans for his controversial shirt swap video to announce his move to Bordeaux last year.
The centre-half was seen taking off an Arsenal shirt to reveal the colours of the French club after securing his £4.6million switch.
But club captain Koscielny had agitated for the move and refused to take part in the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
It caused a backlash from Gunners legends and fans alike, with Ian Wright telling Koscielny he should be ‘ashamed’ and Nigel Winterburn branding it ‘disrespectful’.
But Koscielny has apologised for the stunt, telling French media: ‘I had nine incredible years there, lots of memories with this club.
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‘I know that my announcement video at Bordeaux caused a bit of a stir, I want to apologise to the fans for that, I didn’t expect it to affect them in the way that it did.’
The seven-second clip certainly caused a stir at the time, with Wright tweeting: ‘This hurts. The level of disrespect… You should be ashamed for the way you’ve left the club after 9 years! Got what you wanted and still trying to have a dig… Hope it’s worth it in the long run.’
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