Arsenal striker persuades Tottenham star to cross divide

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Olivier Giroud has revealed that Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris would be keen on leaving White Hart Lane in order to join fierce local rivals Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror.

Giroud, who signed for the Gunners in 2012, has admitted that he and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny have asked their French compatriot about whether he possesses a desire to cross the bitter north-London divide.

And the answer they got back, it seems, was positive.

“We go out together and talk about everything,” Giroud told French TV. “We talk about life and sometimes the French team a bit and our wish to have a great experience together at the World Cup.

“Have I asked him (Lloris) 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 has established his status as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers since joining Tottenham in 2012.

However, Giroud’s revelation could leave the France captain in a rather awkward position at White Hart Lane.

As well as upsetting those at Tottenham, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is also unlikely to have been overly impressed with the fact that Giroud and Koscielny have been attempting to convince Lloris to join the Gunners.

With all that in mind, a further announcement from Giroud claiming the quotes have been mistranslated would hardly be a shock.

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