Reports: West Ham interested in Olivier Giroud

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The future of Olivier Giroud remains up in the air as we enter the final days of the transfer window.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a likely arrival from Borussia Dortmund, the issue of playing time ahead of this summer’s World Cup could force the French international to seek a move to get more regular football.

The prospect of him going to Chelsea is one which doesn’t sit well with most Arsenal fans, even if Aubameyang came in, so a move elsewhere – if he had to go – would be preferable.

This afternoon, it’s being reported that the club could seek a fee of around £25m if he were to be sold, with West Ham keen on him and to take advantage of his desire to stay in London.

They could do with the additional firepower as their top scorers – Marko Arnautovic and Andre Ayew – have just 6 each this season, and the 31 year old has been a consistent, reliable goalscorer for the Gunners since his arrival from Montpellier in 2012.

The other option Arsenal have is, of course, to keep him. Aubameyang is ineligible for the Europa League, and as a way into next season’s Champions League, maybe we should consider retaining a player who is experienced and has a great record – particularly coming off the bench to get goals.

We could always cash in in the summer. Anyway, let’s see.

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