Wenger finally agree to let Giroud leave – Aubameyang on his way to Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud would be allowed to leave the Emirates only if the club bring in another striker this January.

Giroud has been linked with moves to Borussia Dortmund and recently Chelsea, and speaking on the speculations Arsene Wenger said: “I want Olivier to stay. ‘I have told you that if nobody goes in, nobody goes out.

“Maybe some youngsters are loaned but the experienced side of the squad stays the same unless someone comes in.

When asked if Giroud has requested to leave, Wenger said, “No. I have consistent exchange with him. We speak about it a lot.

“He has played a lot of games and scored important goals. He is an important player and every player has a lot of respect for him.

“He will get more games and can only leave if someone else comes in.”

The Gunners are deep in talks with Dortmund over a deal for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang while Dortmund are interested in signing Giroud, and the idea of a possible swap deal has been mooted in some quarters.

Chelsea has also been linked with a move for the 31-year-old Frenchman, with the Daily Post claiming they made an approach for him, as Antonio Conte looks to bring in a target man before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

Should Arsenal succeed in landing Aubameyang, Giroud will be allowed to either join Dortmund in a swap or separate deal or join the Blues as he searches for regular first team opportunities ahead of the World Cup this year.

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