Giroud: I asked Spurs star to join Arsenal, he was interested

Hugo Lloris

Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has made a claim about Tottenham's Hugo Lloris.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud claims Tottenham stopper Hugo Lloris was interested in a move to the Gunners.

Speaking to French TV and translated by The Mirror, the striker said:

"Have I asked him to join Arsenal? Yes, I have with Lolo (Laurent Koscielny). He would have liked to, he would quite like to. You will have to ask him the question."

Lloris suffered a difficult start to life at White Hart Lane, but has since proved himself as one of the league's most reliable goalkeepers.

Giroud's comments are may not be entirely relevant to a move now, but rather asking him to join ahead of joining Spurs in the first place from Lyon. 

The key line is 'would have liked to', and it's no secret Arsenal were linked with his signature before he landed up at Tottenham. His comment in the past tense is however followed up by a statement in the present, suggested the stopper could still be keen. 

The issue for Lloris was, despite the talk of Arsenal interest, no bid came forward from the club, and when Spurs approached in deadline day in September 2012, they were his only option other than stay at Lyon.

Arsene Wenger has always maintained his belief in Wojciech Szczesny, even when he gave him a break last year, he stuck by him through the summer when he was linked with goalkeepers including Julio Cesar, Ricardo and Victor Valdes.

It's unlikely even if Lloris was available, Arsenal would have made a bid based on that.

The chances of a move now are slim to none, Lloris would become a hate figure for crossing the North London divide, and Tottenham would resist all advances.

If he wants to play alongside Giroud and Koscielny some more, he'll have to make the most of it for France this summer.

image: © Stanislav Vedmid

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