Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Laurent Koscielny has been trying to force a move away from Arsenal following a contract disagreement and even refused to join the team for their pre-season tour in the USA.
The centre-back who has already made 255 appearances for Arsenal has one year left on his £100,000-a-week contract and had hoped for an extension. But the defender couldn’t reach an agreement with the north London club and went on strike.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Koscielny is staining his image after nine years as an Arsenal player.
Wright explained in his YouTube video that it “is not a good example for anyone in Arsenal, who should take disciplinary action soon.” He also went on to explain that “a player who has rendered untold services, who has played with pain and suffering, is destroying his legacy at Arsenal.”
Koscielny’s insubordination was also met with disappointment by the Arsenal hierarchy as the club captain has been isolated from the first team, and was asked to train with the youth team. He is expected to be fined for missing pre-season training sessions.
Arsenal are ready for Koscielny to leave this summer on one condition. The Gunners will only release the 33-year-old if a buyer meets their £8.8m asking price.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have opened disciplinary proceedings against their captain following his defiance of authority.
Insubordination is an example of gross misconduct. It is a situation where an employee refuses to follow sound instructions given by a supervisor or line manager.
Insubordination at Manchester United
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba was reportedly said to have refused to take out a visa United’s pre-season tour of China. Pogba was growing increasingly disillusioned with Manchester United and fancies a move as soon as possible. And while this reported act of insubordination may come across as unprofessional, can you really blame Pogba for wanting to leave?
United are in need of an overhaul from top to bottom as they enter a crucial part of the club’s history. Having already put their trust in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to oversee these huge changes, it should come as no surprise that Pogba has reservations about how the project will be implemented.
Real Madrid seem to be leading the race to sign the World Cup winner, as they too are looking to rejuvenate an ageing squad.
Paul Pogba has been told to expect a backlash from some Manchester United fans after publicly pushing for a move this summer.
Chelsea’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted.
What looked like an unbelievable act of insubordination was when Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off the pitch and be substituted during a League Cup final with Manchester City.
An extra-time session in the 0-0 match was winding down when Sarri called for Arrizabalaga, (who appeared to be struggling with cramps) to be replaced by backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Instead, Arrizabalaga vehemently refused to exit the field, waving his arms toward the sideline as Sarri grew visibly upset. Eventually, after referee John Moss conferred with Sarri, Arrizabalaga and the world’s most expensive goalkeeper was allowed to stay on the field for the championship-deciding shootout.
It was later explained that this insubordination was a simple “misunderstanding.” At least, that’s how goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and the ex-manager tried to downplay the tragic episode.
While insubordination may be a quicker way for footballers to move up their career ladder, the Bible seems to reject any form of defiance of authority. That’s why 1 Samuel 15:23, said “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity…” The Bible explains it this way: “obedience is better than sacrifice.”