Koscielny and Jenkinson set for Arsenal exits as transfer deadline looms

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson. Picture: PA

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson. Picture: PA - Credit: Archant

Wantaway Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and long-serving defender Carl Jenkinson are both set to leave the club ahead of Thursday’s transfer window deadline.

The Gunners have agreed a £4.6 million deal with French side Bordeaux for Koscielny to return to his homeland after a summer of upheaval at the Emirates.

The 33-year-old defender refused to travel on the club's pre-season tour after Arsenal denied his request to leave the club on free - something he expected to happen because of his service to the club.

Unai Emery has tried to convince Koscielny to stay, but sources in France say he will have a medical at Bordeaux today.

The centre-back joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2010, going on to make 353 appearances in north London.

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Jenkinson is also expected to leave the Emirates in the coming days, with Nottingham Forest in talks over a deal for the right-back.

Both the Gunners and the Championship side are confident the move will be completed before Thursday's 5pm transfer deadline, with a fee in the region of £2 million set to take the ex-Charlton man to the City Ground.

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Jenkinson's departure is part of a clearout at the Emirates over the past week, with squad players Takuma Asano and Krystian Bielik joining Partizan Belgrade and Derby County respectively.

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