Wenger Finally Responds To Giroud’s January Exit Talks


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Arsene Wenger has responded to reports that Giroud is prepared to leave Arsenal in January, insisting that the striker hasn’t declared his intention to leave.

Giroud is being linked with a move away from the Emirates, in order to keep his place in France world cup team secured

 The striker is currently behind Alexandre Lacazette in Wenger’s pecking order and has been warned by Didier Deschamps that be runs the risk of missing out on the world cup if he isn’t playing regularly.avn

Everton, West Ham United and Crystal Palace have all been linked with the forward but Wenger doesn’t expect Giroud to leave in January

Although the boss admitted that he can sympathize with the striker over his situation, he has no intention of letting him leave.

“No, he’s not a sub for me,” said Wenger. “He’s a very good player but I have plenty of good strikers and you cannot play them all together.

“I speak to all my players but it’s very difficult to speak about what we talk about openly. You would love that. You know enough already, you know!

“He’s a very important player and I have big respect and I am an admirer of Olivier Giroud and I think you look at his career since he came here look how many French caps he got since he was at Arsenal football club, I think he has not wasted his time.

“I can understand the frustration of any player that does not play but it is part of the job when you go to a big club.”

“He played many games. Much more than people speak about,” added the manager. “He has had more minutes played since the start of the season than Lacazette, for example and so that is not always well known.

“On the other hand, when you’re at a big club, there are many strikers. No one can guarantee you will play.”

With Lacazette firmly ahead of Giroud at Arsenal, it will be a matter of time before the same thing will happen in the France national team. It remains to be seen whether he’ll decide to leave in January


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