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Laurent Koscielny names “worst game” of his career as he explains Arsenal exit

Laurent Koscielny admits Arsenal’s 8-2 defeat to Manchester United was the “worst game” of his career.

The former Gunners captain also explained a need to “enjoy life” prompted his departure from the Emirates last year.

Koscielny, 35, made 353 appearances for Arsenal after joining from Lorient in the summer of 2010.

Just over a year into his Gunners career, the Frenchman started the club’s heaviest league defeat since 1927 as they were demolished at Old Trafford in August 2011.

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick and Ashley young grabbed a double as Arsenal’s centre-back pairing of Koscielny and Johan Djourou was dismantled in the 8-2 defeat.

Koscielny recalled the hammering at Old Trafford in 2011

Recalling the occasion, Koscielny told France Football : “My worst game, probably the 8-2 in Manchester against United, with Arsenal, two days before the end of the summer transfer window.

“We played with players who were on the verge of leaving and Manchester United had a 100% success rate on each shot. We completely missed the game.”

Koscielny also insisted he could have continued to play for the Gunners but decided to return to his homeland to “enjoy life”.

The Gunners conceded eight goals in a league game for the first time since the 19th century

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Then-club captain, Koscielny left Arsenal in controversial circumstances by refusing to take part in Arsenal’s pre-season tour in order to force a move to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

He added: “I could have stayed at Arsenal, remain the captain of the team, play a leading role in the Premier League, but I’ve come to an age where I need to enjoy life.

“I didn’t want to play for another club in England, it was impossible. I had known too much with Arsenal.”

Meanwhile, Koscielny opened up on how he tried to persuade former Arsenal teammate Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea and join him at Bordeuax in January this year.

“Yeah, that’s right. I tried,” Koscielny admitted. “Oli didn’t come and I totally respect his choice.”

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