Giroud unsure about Arsenal future

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Olivier Giroud admits he’s not sure if he’ll still be at Arsenal when the transfer window closes.

After expressing his dissatisfaction at a lack of game time at the Emirates, the France international has attracted interest from West Ham United, Everton and Marseille this summer.

It’s believed all three clubs are willing to pay in excess of £20 million for the 30-year-old, a significant profit for the Gunners on the £12 million paid to Montpellier five years ago.

Arsene Wenger has repeatedly made clear he wishes to keep the striker but it’s thought he could be willing to sell his compatriot if Alexis Sanchez commits his future to the club. The Gunners have already signed Alexandre Lacazette for a club-record fee this summer, further increasing the competition for an attacking starting berth.

Speaking to Sky Sports in Sydney, Giroud said:  “I honestly don’t know [about my future]. At the moment I’m still an Arsenal player so I’ll try to be professional like always and prepare well for next season.

“Obviously there will be more competition, even more than last year, but it’s always nice for a striker to feel the pressure and I always deal with it.

“I’ve been through some difficulties these last years but always succeeded to bounce back, but this one I don’t know. I don’t know about my future so I can’t tell you more. I’m focused on my pre-season.”

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Pedant

Let’s keep him. Great Plan B at least.

tino

This is exactly why he would choose to leave. Why should he be satisfied with being a Plan B, when he can be a starter elsewhere?

No way

Because he has a long contract

tino

That’s a good point, but Wenger will not keep a player who does not want to be at the club. If Giroud decides he wants to leave, Wenger will not stand in his way.

wizardry

@tino what the hell are you talking about? OG has said he wants to stay several times (even after we signed AL9). Lucas Perez is leaving and I expect Alexis to play fewer games than last season. If we want to any silverware next season, then we’ll need all the good strikers we have.

tino

I love Giroud and want him to stay, but all I am pointing out is the reality of the situation. Did you read the article or the title at the very least? Giroud wants games and with more strikers that becomes more difficult for him. If he thinks that his role at Arsenal is to be a Plan B, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go. What’s so hard to understand about that?

Domi

Wizardry, no need for such approach. I agree with tino, Giroud will not accept the role of “good plan B”, his opinion of himself is higher than that. The other thing is that he is not the level we need for a plan A. Thus, I also agree that it is better that he leaves as he will not be satisfied with that and Wenger will probably not stand in his way.

Heavenly Chapecoense

He stood in Debuchy’s way when Van Gaal wanted to recruit him.

tino

Is that a fact? I did a quick google and here is what I found.

Asked about United’s alleged offer for Debuchy, Wenger replied: ‘They never made an offer for him, that’s completely untrue.

I believer Wenger on this one and not Debuchy.

Dan Gunn

Sanchez doesn’t want to be here and we are trying to keep him.

Twatsloch

And that we are a better club than West Ham, Everton and Marseille.

But as with him as with Sanchez, nice to have you but if you’re not happy then by all means move on.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Plus next season decides who will go to the world cup. Benzema will apologize to come back to national team. He has already changed his rhetoric and no more has issues with justice. Giroud seems to be telling other clubs, you can still come and pick me.

Stikkman

He’s a good bloke. Scores goals. Great beard. Will be sad to see him leave.

Sidkid

Can we atleast keep his beard

Anonymarse

Sounds a bit gross

Lord Bendnter

This doesn’t sound good…
What would hurt is Giroud and Perez both leaving. Because then, essentially we’re left with Lacazette and Welbeck. And we know Welbeck’s injury record. And on top of that, if Sanchez leaves too, then we don’t have anyone else we can deploy as a central striker, barring Theo of course (which isn’t too convincing).
Maybe we should be a young Striker, a future prospect who has the ability to step in as a sub. Or someone like Loic Remy, I like Remy.

Sean

“Chill, Winston.”

wizardry

How about Bendnter? I prefer Kalou though.

wizardry

I think they call him Lukalou now

Glocken

I keep saying this but if we sell Giroud & Perez I would pick up Kelechi Iheanacho, he’s young, hungry, wants to play & well within our budget.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Iheanacho already signed for Leicester.

Rich

Buying a good striker in Lacazette for €60 million and then selling a good striker in Giroud for €30million seems a bit silly.
Particularly as we seem to be after a left winger in Lemar.
There’s been plenty of murmurings that we don’t play to Giroud’s strengths, which I agree with.
So we go in for a player to help play to his strengths, only to allow him to leave?
So the new left winger can whip in balls for a striker who’s not known for his strength or arial power.

This is typical Arsene logic.
I don’t think he has a plan? Instead of finding players to fit his system, he’d rather play players out of position in a system they’re not suited too.
I don’t think he knows or has a clear plan on what it is he actually wants or needs?
I’d be gutted if we sold Giroud and I think it’d weaken us.

Martin

What logic? Arsenal haven’t said they are selling him and can’t see him leaving

Santori

I don’t think Wenger wants to sell him.

Pundits apart (who are selective in what they want to hear), Wenger has mentioned that Giroud brings qualities we don’t have in the squad.

He’s an enabler, a node but he is also a very efficient goal scorer who is maturing well with age.

I think the intention is to keep him not as Plan B but as a different weapon to break teams down depending on their set up.

Certainly if we can stomach losing Alexis for free a season down, makes no sense to cash in 30m on Giroud either at this point. He will still be in demand in a season’s time.

I think the issue is more Giroud is concerned not having a regular start may impact chances for France particularly as one of his rivals for the starting role willbe in our squad.

BUT it has been no detriment to starting for Les Bleus last season even when his starts for us had been erratic.

Deschamp clearly sees the value Giroud brings to the national side and starts him ahead of Lacazette for a reason.

Whether Giroud wants to stay is a different issue.

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To his credit he’s correct, he does always bounce back. He must have looked finished 5 times over his Arsenal career and each time he comes up with important goals.

Rich

Agree, if he stays? I think there’s every likelihood he’ll finish the season as our No10 striker

Santori

We need BOTH Giroud and Lacazette preferably.

Not plan B.

Different weapons.

Welbeck is yet to convince with strike rate and finishing. Potential is there but he is less efficient at the moment.

It will be a shame to sell Giroud IMO particularly if Alexis leaves.

Santori

He also continously improves his game.

Over the seasons with us, he has gotten better and better.

He has one of the most sublime touches for a CF (see Jack’s goal for Norwich and the similar wall pass for Rosicky)

And he has trimmed down to add a bit more speed to his game.

That scorpion goal was started in our half by Giroud who got up field to knock it in from the half way line.

Ditto the cross for the winner against chelski in the FA finals.

Too much simpleton thinking surrounding giroud and his ‘pace’. Similar nonsense with Per who is positionally fantastic (contrast Gabriel). Who needs pace when you are already there?

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Love your last line. And it’s so true.

vystina

Football aside, you have to respect Giroud as a total professional.

pound4pound

I respect him as both a total professional and a talented footballer.

Pedant

Let’s ignore the 2 February 2014 when he was pictured the night before a match versus Crystal Palace by the model, Celia Kay, who was in his bedroom when we say he is a total professional.

Martin

How much did she pay him ?

Vonnie

Digging up ancient history. He’s moved on, we’ve moved on, you should try it sometime. Our HFB is a better striker than many give him credit for, is a team player, and loves the club. I’d be gutted if he leaves and I hope it won’t happen.

Paul

Three years ago isn’t ancient history. Pictures of him in his undies freely available. He did apologise.

C.B.

OK, let’s ignore the facts.

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Clive St Helmet

I think he’ll be here for the start of the season but may leave on deadline day. £20m+ is a lot for a 30 year old who has never quite convinced.

He’s good, but is he good enough?

78/79/80

Never quite convinced who exactly? Of what exactly? That’s not rhetorical question. I’m genuinely interested.

Alex

Giroud is a wonderful striker who has never been the right kind of player to be the focal point of attack for a team like Arsenal. Thank goodness we have players like Özil and Alexis who have kept us relevant in recent years.

A player like Suarez, in his last year at Liverpool, literally terrorising defences, is what we have always needed to find/add. You’re either #1 or you’re not. Giroud is not and has never really convinced that he could hold that “title” at Arsenal.

Just take a look at Suarez’s goals for Liverpool in that season on YouTube. It’s like watching a montage of a best CAREER goals, not just a single season.

Domi

Spot on, Alex.

Clive St Helmet

Well, Arsene Wenger for a start. He’s been trying to replace Giroud since going after Suarez. He signed Welbeck and Perez, tried Walcott and Sanchez up front, went after Higuain, Benzema, Vardy and has now bought Lacazette.

Giroud has had other detractors, Thierry Henry being the first to my mind.

He has been criticised for his lack of pace and his lack of goals against big teams.

Notice that I didn’t criticise him. I pointed out that £20m is a lot of money for a 30 year old and asked if he was good enough.

Chippys chip

Me. Of any pace, movement, ability to stay upright when touched, nice beard though. Satisfied your interest?

Chippys chip

Yes i know, we dont play to his strenghts. Give him shitloads of crosses and he will score shitloads of goals or a target man great in 4 4 2 but alas wenger knows.

Santori

Never convinced and the same people who say these red herrings should look at Welbeck. Score much? Pace.

Chippys chip

No sell him utd reject

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Perhaps I might be alone here, but even as a 30-year-old & at a “significant profit” for the Gunners on the £12 million paid to Montpellier five years ago, potentially selling him for just £20 million is pure madness!

He’s one of our top scorers (as in fairness he should be) & is normally a starting member of the French International team! He offers a different type of threat than anyone else we have on the team…a threat that opponents have to plan against & potentially accomodate.

Yes I completely get that he doesn’t want to simply be a backup plan, & yes I understand that a player is only worth what another club is willing to pay…BUT £20 million would be a complete steal for any club that may get him at that price if he goes. Madness…pure madness.

FunGunner

Please stay, Oli. There’s Europa League and the FA Cup and the EFL and Stoke away etc – you will get your starts. I couldn’t bear to see you in the colours of another team.

Santori

I mean, his erratic starts for us last season were not detriment to his starts for France.

Deschamp still used him ahead of Lacazette and he banged in 16 goals in 16 games for them.

Clearly a reason why Deschamp prefers to start OG. His assist levels for the talented second line of Les Bleus maybe…

Gooneron

I really wish and hope he stays just for that striking depth.

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On course for a CLASH

Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go, there could be trouble
And if I stay it could be a double
So come on and let me know
Should I stay or should I go now?

LEFT08

Oli don’t go!!!

Chippys chip

Alexis dont go.

Alex

I wouldn’t let him leave. I would tell him straight that he has qualities that the others don’t have and he is needed; that his contributions really could be the difference between a league-winners and also-rans.

However, I would show him that value by offering him an immediate one or two year deal with a significant pay increase to put my money where my mouth was.

I’d say, “look Ollie, when Özil, Lacazette and Alexis can’t break down Man U at Old Trafford, I want to look to my bench and know that I can bring your strength and power on to leap like a salmon and bring home the points.

Here’s a huge increase and scoring bonus. If you don’t like it, you can take the option to leave us next year but by then you’ll be a PL Champion”

meletios

You already posted what I was about to think…

Santori

I mean, I think it will be his last season with us.

BUT Giroud is constantly improving even at late age and the good thing is BECAUSE his game isn’t built around ‘pace’, he won’t be affected as much as time goes by.

He is very efficient in his movement and positioning.

It will be a mistake to think that ‘pace’ is everything as most pundits sadly deem to think so…:D

gunnertron

if Lucas leaves and Giroud too and Alexis stays, do we need to get another striker?

Rich

Selling Walcott would make much more sense.
He’s already got a limited role in the 4-2-3-1 system
In the 3-5-2 he’s completely irrelevant.

Santori

Agree Walcott is more surplus as Lacazette replicates much of his abilties if not better and Ox has his pace covered (if not Bellerin)

BUT its hard to sell Theo. He isn’t suited for offshore and in blighty, only the top 6 will consider his salary level for what he may bring.

If Alexis stays I think we are sufficient for strikers bc he can also play up top in addition to Welbeck and Lacazette.

It may mean Giroud may leave.

BUT if Alexis leaves it would be prudent to keep Giroud.

We can add a Mahrez or Lemar to the mix for the deeper elements Alexis brought as we have Lacazette to cover the quasi-striker role.

Welbeck as much as he has that proverbial ‘pace’ is erratic in front of goals and conspires to miss a number of sitters end of last season. Giroud is way more efficient and his assist levels are superb.

Santori

First of all we should keep him if we can.

He is more lethal than Welbeck and carries different set of abilities than any of the other strikers. Its NEVER been a question of plan B as so idiotically portrayed by media rather a question of presenting different capabilities against different opponent set ups.

Personally I’d rather lose Walcott than Giroud as Lacazette repliacets most of Theo’s abilities plus adds efficiency.

Having said that, I think its a question of whether Alexis stays or leaves. Remembering Alexis can also play up top, IF he should find no better buyer than City and stays (extends), Giroud may find his space crowded and move on with plenty of offers for his service.

If Alexis leaves and we add a Mahrez or Lemar, Giroud can still stay bc he is likely ahead of Welbeck and will rotate with Lacazette who can also play wide (with Giroud)

If we should (unlikely) sign an Mbappe, then Giroud may leave as the youngster can be groomed for a CF role as well.

So plenty of permutations ahead.

Gooner1886

If he’s happy to be plan B, keep him. If not then bye bye. He’s not good enough, Henry said it, I’ve said many times and the calibre of clubs that are allegedly interested further illustrates the point

Rohith J

Giroud’s best quality is his intelligence and that has only increased with his age.

Reginald

Keep him pls. Gives us more options in the attack

Bai Blagoi

No matter what the decision would be, only big respect to Oli. He has always been a great servant for the club.

Tasmanian Jesus

Great attitude from G-Rude.
Hope he stays, but I cant see him willing to start on the bench for us if he wants to remain target man for France come next summer.

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