By Abigail Withey
Ligue 1 outfit Marseille are still interested in poaching Olivier Giroud from Arsenal and are preparing a late swoop, according to a recent French report.
Le10 Sport has revealed that the French club are still hopeful of securing the Gunners star and are hoping to sign him in the last few days of the transfer window.
The French media outlet claims that the 30-year-old is keen on remaining at the Emirates despite the club’s newest recruit, frontman Alexandre Lacazette, but still keeps in contact with Marseille.
It is understood that the Ligue 1 side are hoping that the lack of playing time with the north London club will persuade the Frenchman to move to his homeland within the next few weeks.
Giroud moved to the Emirates in 2012 and has since made a total of 227 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners where he has netted 98 goals and provided 41 assists.
However, despite renewing his contract in January this year the French international has struggled to finding his place in the club’s starting XI and has instead been regularly used as a late substitute.
Football Insider verdict
Although Giroud rarely started for the Gunner over the previous season, he always managed to deliver. However, with Alexandre Lacazette set to be Arsenal’s key hope of winning back their Champions League spot and returning to the top of the table, it’s unlikely that Giroud will have increased playing time next season. If the French forward is keen on starting regularly then a move would be wise, but Arsenal should keep hold of him to use his explosive nature and net goals in the final few minutes of a tie. Arsenal may be a little blinded by their new striker, but if Giroud were to move to Marseille his absence would be noticed at the Emirates.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have confirmed that this South American player has left the Emirates to join a La Liga side.