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Giroud defends former teammate

16th July 2019, 06:30 by Bobbie Jackson

Olivier Giroud has defended Laurent Koscielny's actions and insists the Arsenal captain is "very hurt" by his situation.

Koscielny shocked Arsenal by refusing to travel with the squad on their pre-season tour of the USA last week and he is set to face disciplinary proceedings.

A number of former Arsenal players, including Ian Wright, have been critical of Koscielny as he looks to force through a move away from the Emirates this summer.

However, Giroud, who has played with the defender at club and international level, has offered support to his friend.

"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," Giroud told the BBC.

"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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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