Manager reveals Arsenal goal-machine does not want to join Euro giants
By Abigail Withey
Manager of Ligue 1 side Marseille, Rudi Garcia, has hinted that the club have ended their pursuit of Arsenal star Oliver Giroud.
Garcia has revealed that the 30-year-old forward does not want to move back to his home nation and play for the Ligue 1 outfit.
The European club has been linked with the recruitment of the French international over the summer transfer window, but Garcia has now confirmed that Giroud is not interested.
The Marseille boss said: “I do not think he wants to come to Marseille, Olivier Giroud. That’s the problem.”
“It is understandable – as he is a striker with the French national team who is making progress with Arsenal,” the manager told French media outlet L’Equipe.
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“When he does change clubs, his interests might lie beyond Olympique de Marseille.”
Garcia stated that Giroud was the ideal striker “in profile” but said that the club had to take the steps to become more appealing to players like him.
“We need people motivated by a visit to us,” he explained to L’Equipe. “It also shows that we have steps to be taken in order to be completely attractive.”
Giroud moved to the Emirates from Montpellier in 2012 for a fee around £11 million.
The 64-time capped France international has made a total of 228 appearances for the Gunners, has netted 98 goals and provided 41 assists.
However, last season the Frenchman failed to secure a regular starting spot in Wenger’s squad.
Giroud looks likely to fall even further in Wenger’s forward rankings this season after the signing of his France team mate Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, in a club record deal.
Arsenal face Leicester City at home on Friday in their Premier League opener.
In other Arsenal news, fans have pleaded with Wenger to renew a 23-year-old’s contract.