Ex-Arsenal star Koscielny launches brutal attack on ‘very average’ Bordeaux

Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has launched an astonishing attack on his Bordeaux team-mates, claiming that the atmosphere within the squad is “very average”.

Koscielny returned to France to join Bordeaux in 2019, having spent nine influential years in the Premier League with the Gunners.

Indeed, his experience in the English top-flight, as well as earning 51 caps for France, makes him one of the more senior members of his current squad.

But the 35-year-old defender has seemingly become frustrated with the level of performance at Bordeaux, who are 11th in Ligue 1 and have suffered four defeats in their last five league games.

Laurent Koscielny has launched an astonishing attack on his Bordeaux team-mates

And speaking on Thursday, Koscielny criticised his team-mates and claimed some do not have the “desire” to play to their best as they will be out of contract soon.

He said: “The atmosphere is average, very average. We have to be realistic. This is a squad with an enormous number of players who are coming to the end of their contract, players who want to leave. We have to remain with the people who want to fight, to share, to improve.

“This is the end of a cycle. When you have as many players like that, who don’t give you the desire to want to work, it is difficult to have results.

“That is also why sometimes I can be mean with my words. They are good guys, but if you don’t give yourself the means to improve and to have objectives, you will have nothing, and from one moment onwards, we will forget you.

Koscielny was Arsenal's captain before leaving in 2019
Koscielny was Arsenal’s captain before leaving in 2019

“On that, I struggle with some of them because for me, success comes with work. I was brought up with values and we certainly weren’t brought up in the same way. On that, I am struggling a bit.”

Koscielny went on to demand that Bordeaux chiefs oversee a squad overhaul – and wants to play alongside players with a winning mentality.

He added: “At one moment or another, we will have to go onto the pitch with guys who you believe in and who have the same mentality as you.

“The coach will put together his team until the end of the season, and now we have three very important months. It is up to us to take as many points as quickly as possible to assure survival. Then, to turn the page and certainly clean house a bit.

Koscielny in action for Bordeaux this month
Koscielny in action for Bordeaux this month

“I am not going to be friends with everyone. When I speak, it is not to be negative, it is to bring those people the keys to be able to progress and be the best in the team. Aside from that, if you don’t want to hear it, you won’t hear it.

“If this implodes, it is like that. We need to move forward. You try to help people. If they don’t want to come with you, you leave them aside and move forward with the people who want to.

“After Marseille [a 0-0 draw on February 14], I said things. It certainly might have shocked certain people. They were strong words.

“I did not apologise, because to apologise is too easy. I said what needed to be said. Aside from that, if the message did not get through or if you don’t want to hear it, it is like that.”

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