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Arsenal ace Giroud doing scouting for ... Leyton Orient

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been doing some scouting ... for Leyton Orient!

The France international, who has scored five times this season, has asked the east London club about taking his friend on trial.

Writing in the Independent, the club's communications manager Jonny Davies said: "Our start to the season is garnering plenty of attention, and not just from the media.

"We had an unexpected visitor at the club last week when Tom, our commercial manager, got a phone call from Lottie on reception, saying: 'There's a guy down here who says he plays for Arsenal with his friend'.

"Tom popped down and found himself talking to Olivier Giroud, the Arsenal forward. It transpired he had a friend with him who played professionally in France but had moved to London and Giroud was asking about the possibility of getting him a trial with us.

"Monsieur Giroud was by all accounts very pleasant and mentioned that he knew some of our French players from his days at home.

Giroud's friend's details were subsequently handed over to the club's "chief-scout-cum goalkeeper coach" Kevin Dearden. Although it wasn't revealed whether he possessed the necessary talents needed to become the fourth French player at Brisbane Road.

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