Laurent Koscielny’s decision to defy the wishes of Arsenal and push for a summer move is damaging his legacy at the club, claims Ian Wright.A long-serving defender, who has spent nine years in north London, has opted against joining the Gunners for pre-season in the United States.He has refused to travel and requested that he be released in order to complete a switch to one of the sides showing interest in his native France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Koscielny’s current contract at Emirates Stadium is due to run until 2020.Completing that agreement would take him to a decade of service and Wright believes that the 33-year-old is doing himself no favours in the eyes of fans who have supported him for so long.The Arsenal legend said on his personal YouTube channel, with the input of agents being questioned: “He’s given us unbelievable service, we’ve seen him play through pain and build a legacy and legendary status he deserves.”It’s the time in the season where everybody is meant to be together. We are in for a tough season, a transitional period, we need a lot of catching up.”For our captain to refuse to go on a pre-season tour after nine years of unbelievable service, to destroy your legacy a little by refusing to play for a club is something that is baffling me.”Why Laurent? Who are your advisers and what are they saying to you?”I am so disappointed in your decision to do this at this time, if your agent sees this, and I hope they do, shame on you, shame on you, for doing this to him and convincing him. No way you can tell me he will come up with this on his own.”You’re the one we chose as our captain, our leader, and now we’re going into pre-season with our captain refusing to go on the tour.”This is something I cannot get my head around and I pray to god it can be resolved sooner rather than later.”It doesn’t set a good example, Arsenal need to do something quick and disciplinary. I love you Laurent but this is a poor decision.”Koscielny joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2010 and has taken in over 350 appearances for the club. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Flowers and tributes to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of DianaCredit:John Stillwell/PA Wire Diana was a woman whose warmth, compassion and empathy for those she met earned her the description the “people’s princess”.Twenty years may have passed since her death shocked the world but her appeal remains undiminished. The 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales will be marked at an Aids hospital she regularly visited today.Diana’s sons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have already paid tribute to their mother, visiting the floral tributes and pictures of the Princess left at the gates of her former home Kensington Palace.The brothers toured the site on Wednesday and laid flowers on behalf of well-wishers who had gathered to see the royals. The institution will hold a remembrance service and past members of staff will share their memories of Diana as will the hospital’s patron, actress Linda Robson, and dancer Wayne Sleep who famously performed with the Princess. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. William and Harry also met representatives of charities their mother supported and the Prince told them how her death was a tragedy for them – as they were preparing to work with the royal – as well as his family.He said: “I can imagine for a lot of you it was like ‘right here we go, now we’ve got her, we’ve got the thirst, we’ve got the attention, now let’s do something’ then suddenly she’s snapped away – if I can put it (this way) all of us lost somebody.” “And we wonder what kind of a mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have, and what a difference she would be making.”Former prime minister Tony Blair called Diana the “people’s princess” on the day she died and in a magazine interview with his former spin doctor Alastair Campbell, William echoed the words of his brother.He said: “I think she would have carried on, really getting stuck into various causes and making change. Diana’s sons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have already paid tribute to their motherCredit:John Stillwell/PA Wire Thinking of the wonderful times we spent with Diana and the great joy she brought into our lives and all those who knew her. pic.twitter.com/phr9j8fxdw— Elizabeth Emanuel (@ElizabethEmanue) August 31, 2017 “If you look at some of the issues she focused on, leprosy, Aids, landmines, she went for some tough areas. She would have carried on with that.” Fans of Diana, who was killed in a Paris car crash on August 31 1997, are likely to gather at Kensington Palace to mark the anniversary.William and Harry have spoken candidly about their mother in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of her death, describing the personal anguish they experienced and the grief they still feel.Harry, interviewed for an ITV documentary about his mother, said: “There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was … still around. People look at flowers and tributes outside Kensington PalaceCredit:John Stillwell/PA Wire The Princess will also be remembered at East London’s Mildmay Mission Aids hospital, visited regularly by Diana when it was a hospice caring for HIV patients. Royal well-wishers light a candle outside of Kensington Palace in LondonCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth