As my one of my colleagues wrote earlier today, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is a reported transfer target of Chelsea, if the Blues fail to sign Roma’s Edin Dzeko.
The 31-year-old had previously been linked with a move to Dortmund as part of a deal for BVB striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. However, according to Sky Sports, the French forward will not be moving to the German giants this month.
Struggle for playing time
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that nobody will leave if nobody comes in. The French veteran also admitted that he wanted Giroud to stay at the club. However, you get the feeling that if the Gunners struck a deal for Aubameyang, then Giroud would be surplus to requirements.
If the prolific forward joined the north London club, then Giroud would be the third-choice central striker. There is very little chance that Giroud would play before Aubameyang or Alexander Lacazette for Arsenal. He would still be a useful Plan B, but surely, he wants more than that.
The experienced forward has struggled for first-team football at Arsenal for the last few seasons. With a World Cup less than six months away, the 31-year-old cannot afford to be a bit-player for the rest of the campaign.
Giroud would be in-demand
If Giroud is available for transfer in the next couple of days or in the summer, there will certainly be no shortage of takers. Reportedly, the striker came close to a move to Everton last summer. He dodged a bullet there, with the way the Toffees season has unfolded.
However, if a club playing in the Champions League came in for the striker and offered him regular first-team football, he would jump at a move.
Needs to move for the sake of his career
A number of players in recent years have stayed at Arsenal too long. The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott both offered plenty of promise, but just stagnated in north London. The pair has moved on now and in Walcott’s case, the move to Everton may revive his career.
Maybe the same could be said of Giroud. The striker has never been good enough for the Arsenal fans. The clubs fans have always wanted an upgrade on the Frenchman, despite him scoring over a century of goals for the Gunners.
Granted he is not the greatest striker in the world. However, he will score goals and he certainly has the talent to be starting on a regular basis, even if it is not at Arsenal.
Should Arsenal sell Olivier Giroud this month?