French outlet Le 10 Sport claim that Olivier Giroud will hold talks with Arsene Wenger and decide on his future within the next ten days. The news comes after the arrival of his international team-mate Alexandre Lacazette to the Emirates after a disappointing 2016/17 campaign.
The Mirror report that there could be options for Giroud to stay in the Premier League, with Everton interested, while he could also return to France with Marseille or move to Italy with AC Milan tracking the situation. The Daily Mail have even suggested a move to Borussia Dortmund. First though, the 30-year-old must decide on whether he should stay at the Emirates or leave.
Why should he stay?
With 16 goals, despite making only 17 starts last season, Olivier Giroud clearly still has the ability to be an important player for Arsene Wenger. Coming off the bench to devastating effect, he has the potential to form a big part of the Frenchman’s plans going into next season.
The Europa League may also provide Giroud a great opportunity. Wenger may look to rotate his squad far more than he did in the Champions League this season, giving Giroud the opportunity to impress and earn a more regular spot in the team.
With two years left on his deal at the club, there may also be some financial incentives to stay if none of his potential suitors can match his current wages or his demands if he is on the move.
Why should he go?
After making just 11 Premier League starts last season and then adding a £52 million striker to the squad, it is hard to see how Giroud would fit into the Arsenal squad in the coming season. Without the versatility to play in another position, his chances of first team football seem limited.
Now, with Champions League no longer a feature for the Gunners, Giroud will not have any concerns about abandoning Europe’s elite competition. Some may even argue that a move to the likes of Milan, or possibly even Everton, would give him a better shot at Champions League qualification or Europa League success.
If he were to leave, it seems likely that Giroud could slot straight into the first team of many of his suitors. An established player with over 60 international caps, several titles under his belt and a prolific record in the Premier League and Ligue 1, he has plenty to offer to any side.
Verdict – Go.
For Giroud, it seems best that he looks to move on this summer. Arsenal may be reluctant to sell him as part of a cut price deal given the impact he can clearly have from the bench, but Giroud may have to force a move for the sake of his career.
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