Sunday, 10 December 2017

Arsenal star admits to possibility of January departure


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has today admitted that he is open to the possibility of leaving the club on loan in January.

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31-year-old hitman Giroud was heavily linked with a departure from the Emirates during the summer, following the big-money arrival of Alexandre Lacazette at the club from Lyon.

The likes of Everton, West Ham United, Marseille and more were known to have expressed an interest in bringing Giroud in, but, in the end, he stayed put in North London, vowing to fight for his place with the club.

Out of favour

His plan to battle with French international teammate Lacazette for starting duties has not gone according to plan for Giroud since, though, with the former Montpellier man yet to start a single Premier League game this season.

He has managed starts in all 5 of Arsenal’s Europa League fixtures to this point, but Arsene Wenger has used Europe’s second-tier competition as more of an opportunity for youngsters and those struggling for first-team chances to receive game-time.

On the move?

With Alexandre Lacazette continuing to look impressive for the capital outfit to this point, starting opportunities will likely continue to evade Giroud moving forward at the Emirates this season, with France assistant manager Guy Stephan revealing his concern regarding the situation of the striker ahead of next year’s World Cup during an interview with L’Equipe last week:

‘He’s not getting enough playing time at Arsenal. He needs to find a solution. A departure? That’s up to him.’

Temporary move

Giroud once again started on the bench for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Southampton earlier today, eventually being introduced by Arsene Wenger in the 72nd-minute to net a late equaliser for the below-par visitors.

And an interview held by L’Equipe with the Gunners’ striker has since been doing the rounds online, during which Giroud admits that a January departure from the Emirates could be an option for him:

‘The World Cup? It’s in the back of my mind. Every week, every day, that’s my main goal at the moment.’

‘We will see in January. What the coach (Didier Deschamps) says obviously means a lot to me. A loan can be a solution, but I don’t know if Arsene will accept.’

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