Olivier Giroud has been in blistering form in the past few weeks.
Former Gunners captain Laurent Koscielny admitted that he urged his former teammate Olivier Giroud to join him at Bordeaux.
The duo played for two seasons and won three FA Cups at Arsenal Football Club.
The French striker is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this January window have failed to earn a spot in the first team under Frank Lampard.
However, his situation has changed as he has been in excellent form scoring six goals in seven appearances.
‘Yes, it’s true. I tried,’ Koscielny told France Football.
‘Oliver didn’t come and I totally respect his choice.
‘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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