Arsene Wenger says that he expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Arsenal, even though he appears to have earmarked new boy Alexandre Lacazette for the main striker’s role this season.
There has been huge speculation over the future of the former Montpellier man, something he himself seemed to acknowledge in recent times, but the Arsenal manager says he wants to hang onto the 30 year old who has scored 98 goals for the Gunners.
“There is a lot of speculation,” he said. “I have many times said that I have a huge respect for Olivier Giroud for the man he is and the way he loves our club.
“Even with all the speculation he is focused and does his job. I always said that I expect him to stay, I was always consistent with that.”
Giroud combined well with the record signing in the 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers today, and the boss outlined his plans for the 26 year old and how he might work with his international teammate.
“Lacazette will play most of the time as centre forward,” he said.
“He can play in any system because he’s a provider as well, he can combine and play in a 442.
“At the moment he plays a little bit behind Giroud, tonight he was more on the left, and he can play in that position as well.”