Olivier Giroud wants more game time at Arsenal


Olivier Giroud says he won’t be content sitting on the Arsenal bench next season but admits he’s currently happy in London and retains the backing of Arsene Wenger.

The France international penned a new deal back in January but ended the season with considerably fewer starts (17) than in any of his previous four seasons at the Emirates.

Giroud’s predicament hasn’t gone unnoticed in France particularly given he is still regularly charged with leading the attacking line for Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus.

“We’ll have to deal with the summer transfer window, I’ll talk to the boss,” Giroud told a press conference ahead of France’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday.

“He [Wenger] counted on me, even though my playing time was limited. It’s not that I don’t have the confidence of the coach.

“Of course, I won’t be happy with another year playing so little. I’ll have a proper think and talk to my family and the people who advise me.

He added: “I still have two to three years left on my contract at Arsenal. My future, for now, is at Arsenal, I feel good and want to win the Premier League, but you never know what the future holds.”

Earlier in the week, Giroud admitted he wasn’t impervious to the interest of other clubs, particularly those in his homeland.

“I am not insensitive to the approaches of the French clubs,” he said. “Especially that of Marseille.

“But my future is in the Premier League. I still have titles to win.”

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