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Former Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny ‘is exiled from Bordeaux’s first team and stripped of his captaincy

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Former Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny

Former Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny has reportedly been ejected by Bordeaux as the club struggles in Ligue 1.

 

The French side are currently in 17th place, just one point above the dreaded drop zone, having won only three victories.

 

In order to turn things around, Koscielny, Paul Baysse, and Mehdi Zerkane were on Tuesday  January 11, exiled from the first team for good, according to RMC Sport. 

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The report claims the former Gunners man has been cast aside due to poor form while fellow centre half Baysse and winger Zerkane have also been shut out.

 

Koscielny has also lost his captaincy duties with the Ligue 1 outfit keen to get the 36-year-old’s wages off their books.

 

The French defender who has an active contract with the club until the summer of 2022, has played 11 of Bordeaux’s 20 top-flight games this season but was left on the bench for the clash against Marseille at the weekend. 

 

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Bordeaux fans protested before the game after their side’s request to call off the match over Covid-related reasons was turned down.

 

Baysse and Zerkane will reportedly resume training with the club’s reserves while Samuel Kalu, Otavio, and Josh Maja are also in danger of being removed amid poor form display.

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