Olivier Giroud sticks up for Laurent Koscielny: “The media wants to give a bad image of him.”

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.”


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