Ex-Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny urged Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea

Olivier Giroud has been in excellent form for Chelsea in recent weeks
Olivier Giroud has been in excellent form for Chelsea in recent weeks (BPI/REX)

Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has revealed that he encouraged Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea in the summer.

The pair played together for six seasons at Arsenal and helped the Gunners win three FA Cup trophies before Giroud left to join Chelsea in January 2018.

The 34-year-old striker was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge having failed to secure a regular role under Frank Lampard.

However, Giroud’s situation has now changed and the forward has been in excellent form in recent weeks with six goals in his last seven appearances.

But Koscielny, who left Arsenal under a cloud last year, admits he was keen for his former teammate to join him at Bordeaux.

‘Yes, it’s true. I tried,’ Koscielny told France Football.

‘Oliver didn’t come and I totally respect his choice.

Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny spent six seasons together at Arsenal
Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny spent six seasons together at Arsenal (AFP via Getty)

‘He still feels capable of playing at the highest level, in a club that plays the Champions League.

‘He wants to continue to play for the France national team in the Euros and maybe even go to the 2022 World Cup. If he still feels capable of doing it, letting him enjoy it as much as possible.

‘A career is short, I gave him all the arguments as to why I’m at Bordeaux, and he completely understood.

‘He still wants to win and stay at the highest level.’

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