Laurent Koscielny

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud confirms Laurent Koscielny is ‘very hurt’ by Arsenal rift

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud speaks to the BBC’s David Ornstein

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has sat down for a new interview with BBC journalist David Ornstein.

Giroud has hit the ground running at the start of Chelsea’s pre-season.

Last weekend, in Chelsea’s second pre-season friendly against St. Patrick’s Athletic, Giroud scored a second-half brace in a 4-0 win.

After originally agreeing an 18-month deal with the Blues, Giroud has recently extended his Chelsea contract by another 12 months.


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St. Patrick’s 0 – Chelsea 4

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Giroud: Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is  ‘very hurt’

During his interview with the BBC, Giroud revealed what he knows about Laurent Koscielny’s situation at Arsenal.

Koscielny, the Arsenal club captain, has refused to travel with the squad to America for their pre-season tour.

The French centre-half is believed to want to leave the club, while Bordeaux and Rennes have been rumoured as potential suitors.

Giroud made the following comments about Koscielny:

You cannot make a judgement when you don’t have all the clues. I’m pretty sure we don’t know everything in this situation.

Lolo is a good friend of mine. I’ve known him now for 10, 11 years. We played together in the second division [in France, at Tours].

He’s been playing for Arsenal for nine years; he’s been the skipper for so many years – very respectful, very professional, always the best example for the young players.

The club gave him the opportunity to play at Arsenal, and it was a big, big opportunity for him to show his quality in the Premier League. I think he has always been grateful about that and respectful to the club. I don’t understand how we have got to this situation.

I feel very sad for him because he’s a great person and the media wants to give a bad image of him.

I’m not at the club, I don’t know what really happened – but one thing for sure is Lolo is very hurt by what’s happening and he’s an emotional person.

Also see: Gabriel Martinelli scores on Arsenal debut & the chances of Laurent Koscielny staying in 2019-20.

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