The French national team assistant boss Guy Stephan has warned striker Olivier Giroud that he must play more games for the Gunners ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Giroud is considered an important member of the French squad. However, a lack of game time between now and June could affect his spot in the French team.
Needs to play games
Talking in the French media Stephan said: “Didier has had the opportunity to talk to him about it and now Olivier has to find a solution in the weeks to come.
“A loan deal in January? That’s up to him.
“Olivier has been very good for us in the last few months and he has a very high ratio in terms of the amount of games played to goals but now he must play more.”
A backup player in north London
Giroud has spent the majority of this season on the bench, with compatriot Alexandre Lacazette first-choice central striker for the Gunners. Last season the former Montpellier striker was in a similar situation, as Alexis Sanchez played as the central striker for much of the campaign.
The 31-year-old is very much a backup player at Arsenal to Lacazette. The striker has made 21 appearances for the Gunners this season but has not started a Premier League game this season.
Giroud has started all five of the Gunners Europa League games and two in the Carabao Cup. His goal return of five goals is not bad, but he is a player that benefits from regular first-team football.
Giroud has a decent scoring record for Arsenal, having surpassed the hundred goal-mark. However, the Gunners have been looking for an upgrade for years. It seems Lacazette maybe that upgrade, even if France pick Giroud ahead of the former Lyon star.
A move in January
Olivier Giroud was reportedly very close to joining Everton in the summer, only to backtrack on the move, as he wished to stay at Arsenal and in London.
West Ham and Marseille were also been mooted destinations for the striker. A January move does not completely out of the question at the minute. Stephan’s suggestion of a loan move may not be a terrible idea for the striker.
Giroud has been a decent servant to the north London club. However, maybe it is time for the striker to move for the sake of his chances of playing at next year’s World Cup.
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