Speaking in an interview with the BBC (in full here), Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud discussed his friend Laurent Koscielny’s decision not to come on tour with Arsenal.
“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. 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.”