Michael Ball lays into Ronald Koeman again over ex-Everton boss's Olivier Giroud claim

17 Oct 1998:  Michael Ball of Everton is challenged by Jamie Carragher of Liverpool during the FA Carling Premiership match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. The game ended 0-0. \...

Koeman is said to have had the Arsenal striker in the building at Everton.

17 Oct 1998:  Michael Ball of Everton is challenged by Jamie Carragher of Liverpool during the FA Carling Premiership match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. The game ended 0-0. \...

Michael Ball has laid into Ronald Koeman for a second time this week, after the former Everton boss's comments about Olivier Giroud.

In an interview in his native Netherlands, Koeman claimed to have been left hamstrung by Giroud's decision to remain in London, having had the Arsenal striker in his office at one stage during the summer transfer window, while also blaming an unfavourable run of fixtures for Everton's poor form, which prompted his sacking on Monday.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

And after previously suggesting that Koeman only had himself to blame for Everton's decision, Ball, the former Toffees left-back, was quick to poke holes in the Dutchman's latest excuse.

"What about last seasons 2 wins in 12?Media forgetting about," Ball posted on Twitter.

"EXCUSES MY AR**

"I wonder was it his personality that Giroud saw & walked out!"

Following Giroud's snub, Everton, who sold last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in July, were unable to recruit a natural number 9, leaving Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Oumar Niasse to share responsibilities up front.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England.

Meanwhile, Giroud has found himself down the pecking order at Arsenal, after the Gunners signed another French striker, Alexandre Lacazette, for a club record fee from Lyon.

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