By Will Butcher
Olivier Giroud has revealed his desire to see Arsene Wenger remain as manager of Arsenal beyond the end of the 2016-17 season.
Wenger’s future as Arsenal manager is in huge doubt, as the Frenchman’s contract expires in the summer despite being in his 21st season in charge of the north London giants.
Speaking to French Radio Station RMC, Giroud revealed that he wants the three-times Premier League winner to stay as he believes the title is a viable target for the Gunners in the coming seasons.
“I hope, like my teammates, that the manager will stay because I am convinced that we do not miss much to win the Premier League,” Giroud claimed.
“If it is not this year we win the league, I hope it will be next year. Of course my belief is that Wenger remains at Arsenal.”
Following Barcelona manager Luis Enrique’s revelation that he was to step down at the end of the season, the Mirror quoted Wenger as he denied rumours suggesting he could replace Enrique.
However, it remains to be seen if Wenger will sign an extension with the Gunners, as names such as Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri and Eddie Howe have been linked to the job.
Wenger, 67, signed target man Giroud back in the summer of 2012 from Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier for around £12million.
Arsenal’s number 12 has gone on to make a huge 211 league and cup appearances for the Gunners, scoring an impressive 93 goals.
Both Wenger and Giroud will be hoping for three points on Saturday at Anfield, as they look to extend the gap between themselves and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in fourth and fifth.
In other Arsenal news, Stan Collymore has predicted the Gunners clash against Liverpool this weekend.