Arsenal fringe player shares January transfer window plans
By Matt Farr
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is set to remain at the club until the end of the season.
Michael Manuello, the Frenchman’s agent, has claimed that Giroud is going nowhere in January despite speculation that the 30-year-old is unhappy at the Emirates Stadium.
Giroud has lost his place in the Arsenal first-team to Alexis Sanchez, and may struggle to overthrow the in-form Chile forward, who has 13 goals in all competitions this season.
But Giroud is also in good form, contributing five goals and three assists from 11 games, despite missing much of the campaign through injury and being on the fringes of the side.
He has just 18 months left on his contract with the Gunners, and a host of European clubs have shown an interest in signing him next month – including Italian duo AC Milan and Napoli.
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However, Manuello insisted he has not had any contact from clubs regarding a transfer, and that Giroud will remain an Arsenal player.
He told French outlet Foot Mercato: “I’ve never been in contact with Italian clubs. Olivier is very happy at Arsenal.
“He’s going to finish his season here. Nothing is possible in January for Olivier. He has no intention of leaving this winter.”
Giroud will still have a big role to play as Arsenal seek to win their first Premier League title in over a decade, and first-team opportunities will come available throughout the remainder of the campaign.
He has an opportunity to make an impact off the bench as Arsenal take on Basel in their final Champions League group stage encounter later this evening.
In other Arsenal news, this is how the Gunners are set to line up against Basel, with Wenger making six changes.