Giroud urged to seek Arsenal exit to keep France place

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Olivier Giroud spent five seasons as the number one striker for the most part, but since the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette has found himself marginalised.

He has started games in the Europa League but has yet to start a Premier League game, and although he has five goals to his name, he’s being warned that he needs to play more if he wants to be keep his place in the France national team.

It’s a situation that has already been addressed by French manager Didier Deschamps, but the Arsenal man was given another nudge towards the January exit door by assistant manager Guy Stephan.

“It’s clear that, in terms of playing time, it’s insufficient and Didier has already spoken to him about it,” he told TF1.

“He has a very good goals-to-games ratio, but he now has to play. He has to find a solution in the coming weeks.”

Barring an injury, he’s unlikely to get that playing time at Arsenal, so the pressure is being put on him to seek a move – the ethics of that from a national coach are questionable to say the least.

Speaking last month, the 31 year expressed his desire to continue to add to what he’s done in red and white since joining from Montpellier in 2012.

“I am happy at Arsenal and I am fine with the decision to stay because I want to,” he said.

“I am thinking that the story between the club and myself was not over and not finished.

“We will see what happens but I am happy at Arsenal for the moment.”

Whether this pressure changes his mind about how he wants to play out the rest of the season remains to be seen, but with Theo Walcott an increasingly likely January departure it would be a surprise if Arsene Wenger sanctioned any kind of move.

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