Arsenal captain blasts France coach

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has blasted France coach Didier Deschamps after announcing his retirement from international football.

The 33-year old defender said the recovery from an Achilles injury will not change his decision and that France World Cup victory damaged him psychologically than the injury itself.

“I think that I have given everything I can for France. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished. France’s World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me.” Koscielny said.

“He called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, there was no contact. Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach. It feels like a hit on the back of the head. When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured … after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about.” the centre-back continued.

He is expected to start full team training next month. He is set to retain his club armband as Unai Emery stated so during his unveiling by the club.

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