Arsene Wenger has claimed that Olivier Giroud’s Arsenal exit depends on other transfer, with the club reportedly happy to let the French forward leave if they can sign a suitable replacement in January.
Arsenal finally saw Alexis Sanchez leave the club this week after a long and toilsome transfer saga. The Chilean had been linked with a move to Manchester City to rejoin his former manager at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola. However, that move did not ever materialise, and he has since joined Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United instead.
The deal saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan make the move to Arsenal as the Armenian had struggled to establish himself at Old Trafford.
The Gunners now face losing another of their stars as it has emerged that Olivier Giroud may be leaving the club. The forward has seen his time in the team curtailed by the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, who has been Arsene Wenger’s first-choice striker since joining the club in the summer.
It has also been reported that Arsenal are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The forward would be a huge signing for the Gunners as he is one of the world’s best strikers. However, if Aubameyang were to sign for the London side, it would see Giroud fall even further down the pecking order.
Indeed, Sky Sports reported that Arsene Wenger said on the situation: “No. I want Olivier to stay, I just told you that if nobody goes in, nobody goes out. Maybe one or two young players [will go] out on loan somewhere, [but] the experienced side of the squad will remain the same unless somebody comes in”.
While any deal for the striker is clearly far from completion, if they are able to bring in Aubameyang, then Giroud would likely be able to move which, in a year in which he will hope to be in France’s World Cup squad, could be vital.