Giroud claims Koscielny is 'very hurt' by current Arsenal situation

Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka

"Lolo is a good friend of mine", Giroud told the BBC.

The Gunners announced last week that the former France worldwide had refused to fly to the United States and it is understood his decision came after his request to have his contract terminated and find a new club was rejected. I don't understand how we have got to this situation.

But Giroud, who played at Arsenal with Koscielny from 2012 until his departure for Stamford Bridge, insists the 33-year-old has always been loyal to the club. We wanted him to come with us on this tour but he chose to stay.

"Now it's one matter for him and the club".

He may know him well, but it is hard for fans to have an open mind about the situation given how it looks on the surface.

Certainly the public do not know all the facts about the situation, but the club issuing an official statement was very telling.

'Emotions run high so sometimes with reflection, one can look at things from a different perspective.

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The veteran defender has refused to join up with Unai Emery's side for their pre-season tour of the U.S., with the 33-year-old having requested to leave the Emirates this summer and return to his native France.

Another teenager - 18-year-old Olayinka - doubled the score in the 29th, seizing a stray pass from defence and racing in to fire into the top left corner of the net.

Emery selected a young team to start the match and he was pleased with the performance.

'We wanted him to come with us on this tour but he chose to stay.

And, when his own feelings were brought into the questioning, Emery refused to budge, reaffirming: "We spoke with a good spirit for both the team and him but this is his decision, only his decision".

"Now it's a matter for him and the club", the manager said. He's speaking only with the club'.

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