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Arsenal signing Giroud: Koscielny one of my best friends

Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud is delighted to be joining close pal Laurent Koscielny at the Emirates.

One of Giroud's closest friends in football is Koscielny - who like the striker spent much of his French career in the lower divisions before earning a move to Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2010.

"Of course [he is an inspiration], we have had a similar path in our careers," Giroud told Arsenal Player. "I'm happy that he's here now and that I can join him, and it's a nice story because we were together at Tours four years ago, and we just missed out on getting promoted into Ligue 1.

"It was Montpellier who got promoted instead, and I joined them a few years later. It was there that I then exploded into Ligue 1 and then got into the French squad. Had they told me four years ago that I would be playing for Arsenal I would have signed right there and then!"

"Laurent and I have talked a lot [about Arsenal]. I asked him about life, the Club and the environment of the Club. We talked about English football because like I said I've wanted to play here since I was a kid.

"It was my dream to play in the Premier League so Arsenal was ideal for me and Laurent told me it was a good choice."

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