Wenger makes emphatic decision over future of Arsenal attacker
By Matt Bullin
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that he has no interest in selling Olivier Giroud and that Marseille have made no approach.
The 30-year-old forward has had a difficult season this term, and has seen Alexis Sanchez move into the sole striker role, meaning he has been largely limited to substitute appearances.
Giroud appears to have fallen further down the pecking order at the Emirates as Danny Welbeck has now returned to full fitness as well.
Sky Sources claimed that Marseille want Giroud this summer and are willing to pay £20million for the 61-time France international.
But speaking in the Evening Standard, Wenger denied these claims and insisted Giroud’s future lies at Arsenal.
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He said: “I have had no approach from Marseille, and we want to keep Olivier Giroud at the club.”
Giroud has scored 13 goals in 33 league and cup appearances this term, however he has only started 14 of those 33 matches.
Football Insider verdict
Wenger would be wise to hold onto Giroud. The Frenchman is a big figure in the Gunners’ dressing room and losing him could further fracture a delicate squad. Although he has been largely restricted to appearances from the bench this term, Giroud has still scored some important goals and has a decent return overall. Adding to this, he is only 30 and with his style of play, he could feasibly play at the top level for two more years at least, or at least until his contract runs out in 2019. With Welbeck’s injury record and the uncertainty over Sanchez’ future, Giroud could well play a bigger part come next season.
In the latest Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have scheduled talks with this 23-year-old midfielder.