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Arsenal have agreed a deal to sell captain Laurent Koscielny to Ligue 1 club Bordeaux for €5million (£4.6m).
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery tried on numerous occasions to convince Koscielny to stay at the club, but sources in France say the 33-year-old has arrived at Bordeaux for a medical.
The French international had stressed throughout the summer he wanted to return to his homeland and refused to go on the club’s tour of the United States last month.
Koscielny wanted to leave on a free transfer and thought he would be allowed after nine years of service, something Arsenal refused to entertain.
He has not trained with the Arsenal first team since they returned from their trip to the US and he has now got his wish to leave.
Koscielny’s first choice was to join Rennes but the two clubs were unable to agree a fee.