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Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny ‘very hurt’ by row with club, claims Chelsea striker and former teammate Olivier Giroud


Laurent Koscielny has been left ‘very hurt’ by his row with Arsenal over leaving the club this summer, Olivier Giroud has claimed.

The Gunners captain’s future is in doubt after he refused to go on the club’s tour of the US in order in an attempt to force through a return to his native France.

Koscielny’s Arsenal days appear to be numbered

Koscielny is believed to be upset at a supposed broken promise from Arsenal that would he would be allowed to return to Ligue 1 ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon are all reportedly interested in signing the ex-France international – and former Arsenal forward Giroud has expressed his sympathy for his compatriot

“Lolo is a good friend of mine,’ Giroud, now at Chelsea, told BBC Sport. “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.

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Giroud and Koscielny are good mates

“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.’

Giroud added: “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. I hope both sides will find the best agreement.”

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