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According to Daily Mail, Olivier Giroud is set to leave Arsenal when the transfer window opens in January.
The French striker is yet to start a Premier League games this season, sitting firmly behind Alexandre Lacazette in Wenger’s pecking order.
His situation has been so bad that he’s only been able to get just 259 minutes of league action under his belt and this is set to have an impact on his future.
Giroud is already receiving signals that his place in France’s world cup squad is under threat if he isn’t playing regularly for his club and this is set to force the striker into action.
The Daily Mail say Giroud has reluctantly accepted he needs to go elsewhere to play regularly to save his international career. And he’s now considering a loan move away from Arsenal but his preference is to remain in London.
Giroud’s spouse is pregnant and because of that the French man doesn’t intend to move far away.
‘Olivier does not want to disturb and uproot his family,’ as reported by the Daily Mail. ‘Ideally, he wants to stay but he needs football – there are options in London for him.’
Crystal Palace and West Ham United have reportedly been alerted by Giroud’s situation and would offer to take him on loan in January.
Everton were keen on the striker last summer and may still be interested but their chance of signing him is remote because of the striker’s desire to remain close to his family.
Wenger may block any departure, especially after revealing last week that he wants to keep every member of the squad, so we can compete for titles on all fronts.
Giroud has scored seven goals in all competitions this season, with four coming in the league and the other three in the Europa League.