North London football rivalry close to home for Giroud and Lloris

PUBLISHED: 07:27 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 20:19 06 November 2015

Olivier Giroud and Hugo Lloris are neighbours on The Bishops Avenue

Olivier Giroud and Hugo Lloris are neighbours on The Bishops Avenue


They may be French national team mates but at their London clubs they’re arch rivals. So the news that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 29, and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, are close neighbours in a Bishops Avenue luxury development is worrying for devoted north London football fans.

And it could lead to awkward conversations across the corridor this weekend, whichever side wins in Sunday’s north London derby.

The pair each rent a furnished flat in a block where apartments are let for as much as £4,000 per week, or £17,300 per month.

This is small change to Giroud, who transferred from Montpellier to Arsenal in June 2012, and reportedly earns £80,000 a week.

Lloris arrived in London a couple of months later transferring from Lyon in September the same year.

The luxury gated development on ‘Billionaire’s Row’ includes a swimming pool, hydrospa and gym and flats are decorated with walnut, bronze and marble finishes.

The pair’s friendship proved controversial last year when Giroud told a French TV channel that Lloris would like to transfer to arch rivals Arsenal.

Talking in February last year, Giroud said: “We go out together and talk about everything. 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.”

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