Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly open to a move away from the club in January in an attempt to boost his hopes of making it into France’s World Cup squad, but he will not force through a transfer.
Arsenal were able to at last return to winning ways in the league after a run of games in which they lost to Manchester United, before drawing with both Southampton and West Ham. This saw the Gunner fall out of the top four, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Burnley rising above them.
At the weekend they ended this run with a battling 1-0 win over Newcastle United. It was Mesut Ozil that provided the touch of class in the game as he scored with a superb volley, which has seen Arsenal rise to fifth in the league following Burnley and Tottenham both dropping points.
The fact they only scored one goal against Newcastle is worrying though, with the London side dominating their last four games, and only scoring three goals. One man that could put an end to this struggle is Olivier Giroud, who has been superb when coming off the bench this season.
However, he does not seem overly happy with his situation, with Arsene Wenger preferring to utilise Alexandre Lacazette from the off instead. It has now bee reported by the Mirror that: “Olivier Giroud agent has admitted the France striker is open to offers in the January transfer window – but will not force his way out of Arsenal”.
Losing Giroud would be a massive blow to Arsenal as the striker is so often the man that gets them out of a tough situation. While Lacazette may be the preferred choice right now, Wenger may benefit from giving Giroud more game time, as he cannot afford to lose a proven goalscorer.