Lyon confirm Olivier Giroud interest as Gunners eye Lacazette

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As Arsenal’s interest in Alexandre Lacazette increases, links involving a swap deal involving Olivier Giroud have increased.

The Arsenal striker was pictured at Lyon airport this evening, sparking rumours he’s on his way out of North London, and president of the Ligue 1 club, Jean Michael Aulas, has confirmed their interest in the Handsome French Bloke.

“There has been an approach, at some point, for Giroud,” he said.

“He is a boy that we like, who scores lots of goals and who has a lot of ambition for Russia.

“He told me personally that he wanted to take his time, that things were not completely defined with Arsenal, that he had a secret hope that he would be the number one striker next season.

“The key is Arsene Wenger. We are watching. We will try to very quickly sign a top European attacker.”

The Gunners have been linked with a £44m move for Lacazette in recent days, but it seems Giroud could be used as a makeweight in the negotiations.

Let’s see what happens.

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cygan\'sbaldspot
cygan\'sbaldspot

Would rather we used Welbeck as part of the deal as Lacazette is more similar to him and can actually finish. Giroud is a great plan B…

Nana
Nana

Noooooooooooooooo

Arsenalga
Arsenalga

…nooooooo noooooo no no nonooooo

Me So Hornsey
Me So Hornsey

I wouldn’t be happy with this. Giroud needs to stay as our squad striker. He can be our Edin Dzeko.
Unless we got Mbappe as well. Then I’d be happy with it. But I don’t think we will. So I’m not happy with it.

No way
No way

We won’t win the league with giroud as our number 1 striker. He will leave if he isn’t number 1. Therefore we buy someone and sell giroud,

Action man
Action man

Why keep him and he never pass 20 goals a season we need more fire power up front to win the league

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Giroud is far better ranked than Lacazette in the national team. Lacazette isn’t even second in the trench squad. It is now Giroud then Mbappe then Martial then Lacazette or Gameiro. Lacazette not sure to go to Russia.

Clins
Clins

You’re right we won’t win the league with giroud as our no 1 striker but he certainly can be a big part of it. When looking at our squad we have 4 strikers . one of them welbeck was perennaly injured for 2 years apart from a few months. And Lucas Perez is pretty much guaranteed to be sold. And if we sold giroud too we are going to be left with just with just lacazete and unreliable welbeck provided all these stories about Sanchez being sold is true. Pretty much feel like the season we had perenally injured arteta as a backup to coquelin

Adriano
Adriano

but he doesn’t want to be a squad player, plain and simple. so he is leaving, unfortunately. I would love him as a plan b striker, or to combine with lacazette or whomever. I still remember how well he combined with Griezmann for France

Reality Check
Reality Check

OG could not be guaranteed first team football, I think Wenger made that clear last year. What we want from OG and what OG wants are unfortunately two different things.

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Giroud signed a new contract a few months ago and we’ve been on the look out for a star striker for years now. If he wasn’t prepared to accept a rotational role he shouldn’t have signed up, unless there was a release clause in there (new summer striker arrival = free to leave for a set price)

Matt
Matt

We forget the guy wants to be the main striker, so, bye bye

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

I don’t understand why we are entertaining the idea of Giroud leaving.
We will be playing 50+ games next season. Welbeck’s injury record is a bit dodgy over the past couple of seasons and he’s not a prolific scorer inspite of being so hard working. Perez is also leaving. Lacazette probably is coming in from a different league to the PL which is tougher and will take time to adapt. Sanchez still hasn’t signed the new deal so there’s a chance he might leave. And we are seriously considering a striker who consistently scores 20+ goals a season leave?

Walcott should be the one who we could let go. I understand it’s a year to go for the World Cup and players are desperate for playing time to prove themselves. But surely this must be true for all the players across all clubs. We don’t see other clubs letting their players go because of the WC. Why are we trying to be so noble then? As a club are we in such a strong position that we can entertain such emotions? This makes no sense to me. Lacazette without Giroud is not progression.

Monkey nuts
Monkey nuts

Who exactly is in the queue to buy Walcott?

Goonie
Goonie

If we sign Lacazette, he’ll voice his concern over playing time. Then West Ham will bid, or swap him for Mahrez?

Rossi88
Rossi88

West Ham or Liverpool or abroard? I’m struggling. Which tells it’s own story.

B B

Watford

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

Irrelevant to this discussion. Lay off Walcott for the moment. He’s not going anywhere.

Mississippi Gunner
Mississippi Gunner

He would be such an asset as a super sub. Not to mention we take a huge hit to our sexiness. Fingers crossed he stays

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Would prefer to keep him but can understand if he wants to leave.

Arsenal Pakistan!
Arsenal Pakistan!

There’s no way we can allow Oli to leave with 98 goals . He has to complete his century! But really we shouldn’t allow him to leave unless we are sure about the future of Alexis.

Xhaka Demus, no pliers
Xhaka Demus, no pliers

Giroud is a great option off the bench but he’s too good for that (as much as I would like him to stay and perform that role) so I can see him moving on this summer. If this leads to us buying another good CF I won’t be too upset. If Giroud knocks 20 mil off Lacazette’s price and we get 14 for Lucas then why not splash out on Aubameyang? (I’m presuming Mbappe is going to Real) Not quite as tall as Giroud but a hell of a lot quicker. Welbz/Lacazette/Aubameyang leading the line would be a great trio and they can all play as wise forwards if needed. Would give us lots of options and with Europa we’re gonna have plenty of chances to rotate.

Scott P
Scott P

I like the idea of “wise forwards”. Always shoot when they should shoot and pass when there are better opportunities!

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Wise forwards. According to Monty Python, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein did a decent job for Germany, while Socrates led the line for Greece.

Mississippi Gunner
Mississippi Gunner

Auba only wants Real Madrid. And coming to Arsenal from Dortmund would make no sense right now. Don’t get your hopes up

Dan Gunn
Dan Gunn

But he was practically signed for PSG??? Till they pulled the plug.

Julianski
Julianski

and Auba misses easy chances just like Giroud too! perfect replacement. on a serious note, he sure is a hell of a lot quicker.

Reidar
Reidar

Giroud doesn’t miss many easy chances. His ability to get the ball moving towards the goal in sliding tackles, weird foot positions and other stuff is in fact rather bloody excellent. It’s actually getting those opportunities that his main weakness (due to lack of speed, accelaration and movement).

Turstin the Fleming
Turstin the Fleming

I just hope Lacazette is not Le 8-Track

Chipper
Chipper

Are you here all week?

A different George
A different George

You’re kylian me softly with your song.

Goldencannon
Goldencannon

If we buy Lacazette and sell Giroud, we have made no progression whatsoever.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Not sure I agree. Lacazette isn’t coming in to be second choice is he.

Giroud is great but the wrong type of striker for us really. Certainly a useful option but as somebody else said probably too good to be happy as second choice.

Jam
Jam

You can have more than a few top strikers, no need to be one in one out. City have Aguero and Jesus, neither want to be benched, they are still after Sanchez too, the cunts

No way
No way

Jesus is new to Europe, he’s not expecting anything more than rotation with aguero.hes 20 or so, giroud is 30 and has his last chance at a World Cup next summer.

Clins
Clins

Exactly. Chelsea city united all have multiple good strikers . its a long season not one striker , not even two strikers considering arsenals history can play all season.

Besides it feels like a cop out on girouds part if he isn’t even going to be fighting for the place and instead leave on the first sight of competition. After all this is the same guy who keeps lacazete out of the French first team.

wellarsed
wellarsed

Agree entirely. Especially when you think that it’s Giroud that’s keeping Lacazette out of the French side.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Horses for courses

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

France played Gignac ahead of Lacazette too

wellarsed
wellarsed

I think there’s a strong case to be made that there’s room for both in the Arsenal side. Giroud’s been great for us as an impact sub for us last season.

No way
No way

If the players are happy with it. If the World Cup had been this summer I think giroud would have been ok with it.

Assistantref
Assistantref

Yeah, in a 3-5-2 they could even play up top together. Not suggesting it would be a normal thing, but it’s possible in the formation.

Fletcher
Fletcher

Giroud is not for sale….he provides the alternative along with Welbeck on set pieces when we fail to unlock defences, besides he is a natural goal scorer from open play..he proved that time and again. …
However, i will put Walcott up for sale should the arises.

Mpls
Mpls

The HFB should never be spoken of as a makeweight.
Giroud would kill it back in Leeg oooon. But I don’t want him to go.

This feels wrong if true. Trading a proven 20+ / year for a we-just-don’t-know. If Theo moves on too that’s around 40 of this season’s goals walking off. Sanchez? Well that puts the mark at 70+. That is essentially all of our goals. That’s re-starting our attack entirely from scratch.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

It’s more like Leeg Euhh.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

No we’d be trading s 20+/year for a 30+/year.
As long as facts are facts..

Mpls
Mpls

Uh, 30+ in leeegue ooono. As we all know that’s not the prem.

B B

Chamakh anybody?

Awmyth
Awmyth

Giroud starts for France.
He has been pigeonholed as “supersub” at Arsenal!

Not because he lacks quality.
But because Arsenal seems reluctant to play to his strength.

I am a great Arsenal / Wenger supporter.
And I also believe Giroud is being wasted at Arsenal.

He should go where he will receive the service / support his game needs.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Long balls into the box isn’t really our style

Mpls
Mpls

The conundrum is Ox and Gibbs had been really good end of season at sending crosses in from wingback in the 343. But much of the time Oli was not on the pitch to make use of them.

Rossi88
Rossi88

Pffff. Gibbs can go, new man in town.

James
James

He’s also so good at one-touch links in the final third with quicker, more agile players buzzing around him. Our most sexy football moments have often involved him.

robojerry
robojerry

It’s difficult to decide what has been the most bizarre aspect of our fanbase in recent years, but the under-rating of Giroud is right up there. In a couple of years we’ll look back on his showreel and realise just how good he’s been for us.

Rich
Rich

Reports tonight that West Ham want Walcott?
In our new system there’s no space for him.
Make more sense to sell our wide forwards than to sell Giroud, they’ll be plenty of football with Europa league next season.
Signing Lacazette seems very blah.
Rather keep Giroud and strengths other areas

David
David

Is it just me or this lyon president guy is fkn annoying???

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

No it isn’t just you

That\'s Naumbmeyang!
That\'s Naumbmeyang!

Yeah he’s a prick but he knows how to get value better than our lot

Assistantref
Assistantref

Yeah, he certainly likes to get in front of the cameras and blather on and on.

wellarsed
wellarsed

I agree with the general sentiments being expressed here. It seems really unwise to let Giroud leave when we still don’t know what Sanchez and Özil are doing. Likewise, if we’re not getting Mbappe (which seems exceedingly unlikely), there’s certainly room for both Giroud and Lacazette in the side. Sadly, I think letting Giroud go, in the interests of his international career, is exactly the kind of thing Wenger would do.

No way
No way

Maybe the club do know but aren’t saying anything yet.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

I dont see the connection about not letting Giroud leave before we know what happens with Sanchez and Özil.
They are completely different players. And if Sanchez and Özil leaves, we need to add players in their positions as well.

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Wenger rarely buys a lot of players at once as everyone knows it disrupts the flow of the team. If Giroud goes as well as Sanchez and Özil then that’s another player that needs replacing, don’t see any internal solutions either. How many 1st team players do you expect Wenger to sign? If Lacazette arrives that’s already 2 and no departures as of yet.

David
David

Is it worth mentionig that lacazette is constantly sitting on the bench for France, (not even coming on) while Giroud starts every game scoring goals?

PFo
PFo

No, it isn’t, because at least five people have mentioned it in the comments for every article here on the topic of Lacazette, Giroud, or Lacazette & Giroud for the last 3 months. And it wasn’t that insightful the first 30 times.

LyonSL
LyonSL

Why Giroud? Swap Perez instead. And if Lacazette is worth £44m, than Giroud must be worth atleast £25-30m. I just wish that they sort this situation quickly, sort contracts, sell some players, sort striker situation, buy Goretzka (or whoever Wenger wants) and start preparing for next season.

Ant
Ant

Um we cant just swap whoever we want. The other club needs to actually want the player!

Assistantref
Assistantref

Oh, so THAT’S what we’ve been doing wrong this whole time. It all makes sense now…

QMantis
QMantis

Giroud would be missed by many fans. we seem to be at a point where Change is needed within the squad.A few need to leave and hopefully a few will arrive. I prefer the more fluid way we have played at times and that doesn’t include the big man,its great to have options but it would be even greater to have a season where our main players don’t get seriously injured, that has cost us plenty over the years.

wellarsed
wellarsed

Surely having options – i.e. rotation – is a way to reduce injury to our key players?

No way
No way

If lacazette comes in we’ve got 4 first team strikers. At least one has to go.

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Who are the 4? If you’re including Walcott surely he’s the one to go as he doesn’t fit into the new system.

No way
No way

Wellbeck
Giroud
Perez
Lacazette

wellarsed
wellarsed

Think we can assume Perez is on his way out this summer.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

Don’t like the idea of Giroud leaving as part of a swap with an untried and untested striker from a league which it normally takes a year at least to acclimatise from. Actually I don’t like the idea of him leaving full stop!

andres
andres

I think critics will come around to appreciate Giroud after he leaves. He is a good striker that give us something different.

Dholio
Dholio

Giroud can be a make weight for someone proven like Aubameyang. No way I would swap Giroud and cash for Lacazatte.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

At least not 50 million quid. Giroud is 30 but still has at least a couple of years left in him. If the swap is done plus money I’d say it needs to be in the region of halved.

But still, to ditch Giroud for Lacazette is a gamble indeed.

Rosapirescastle
Rosapirescastle

Giroud is a great squad man but don’t think he will settle for that no more. He’s a top man and proper player but has his limitations.
It’s him or welbeck for the big man role and welbeck wins out on being more mobile.

Girouds current value is 10 times that of if he’s on bench all year misses out on World Cup and is what 32.

Right now he could cut laca price in half and he create money can go against a Maherz or a Thomas Lemar.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Giroud beats Welbeck by far by actually scoring goals.

I hope we find someone better than Mahrez, and Lemar I havent even heard of.

Jam
Jam

And actually being available and fit most of the time, unlike Welbeck.

Sadly I don’t think Welbeck will ever break 20 Prem goals a season.

Jacob
Jacob

Whether you have heard of him or not, Lemar should be one of the transfer rumors we are most excited about. He has an awful lot going for him.

Cino21
Cino21

Honestly I was never a real Giroud fan, but he did always his best and fought for his place as first striker. It will be surely a big loss, from the bench he was rly a game changing weapon.
But I think Laca is a perfekt striker for Arsenal, the boy has everything we missed down the years and to be honest Giroud is not getting any younger and we can get one of the hottest prospects in Europe in exchange.

O2ba
O2ba

I don’t see using him as a make-weight in the deal for lacazette an improvement at all.we all know the hfb can be a bit lethargic but he scores plenty and is a good tactical chamge when used as a sub. Hope he stays.

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

In terms of variation in playing styles, I rather sell Welbeck and Lucas over Giroud if we sign Lacazette. Granted I haven’t seen that much of him, but Lacazette doesn’t seem to possesses the aerial presence, strength or close link up play Giroud offers. He seems to be quick, a good finisher and have an ability to come in from wide to either be involved in the link up play or finish moves (almost a combination of Welbeck and Lucas)

I’m sure he’ll be a good signing and fit in with out patterns of play, however he does feel more like a Welbeck upgrade than a Giroud replacement. That being said, we all know he’s actually here to replace Alexis 🙁

Tony Grayson
Tony Grayson

No…just No! Giroud still has a job to do at arsenal!

That\'s Naumbmeyang!
That\'s Naumbmeyang!

Non! Take welbeck or walcott but leave the HFB!

santori
santori

Would be a mistake to let him go just yet.

1) Welbeck is not as efficient in front of goal and particularly in the 6 yard area, not just yet.

2) We need a variety of methods to break teams down.

3) There is a reason why Giroud starts ahead of Lacazette (for the matter Benzema even if he has certain off field issues). Giroud is a node that brings in the second line very well particularly against congestion which is how most teams will set up against us.

I expect there is still going to be much manouvering going on with prices still heated.

Losing Giroud and adding Lacazette is not an upgrade.

If Lyon are playing hard ball (which sounds like they) and they want 57m for Lacazette, may as well throw some money at Mahrez.

CF is not an area we need to strengthen at present. The loss potentially of Alexis should mean we need first and foremost addition in the wide area (and should he leaves maybe one more)

The other priority we need to give is in deep midfield.

santori
santori

16 goals in 16 starts for France.

Hardly a plan B option.

Vybz boss
Vybz boss

Personally i think if we can sell ozil who doesn’t show up in soo many games when he’s needed most and buy lacazette to replace ozil. Sanchez has been doing ozil’s job assisting all season long plus our leading goalscorer. So we just need another scorer to help sanchez and Giroud. Arsenal is blessed with players to create chances don’t you all think ?

Stikkman
Stikkman

Olivier wants some more. Keep him. Sell Theodore.

Random Witness
Random Witness

I’ve been watching some highlights from last season. We need to retain Giroud for his ability to come off the bench and score/assist. If not that, he scored the goal of the season. That ought to count for something.

Adriano
Adriano

I wonder how much we would sell Giroud for. It seems like we always sell our top players below their market value for some reason. In today’s market, disregarding how underrated he is, he should fetch 30 mil. He is that good and not pacey, so his game might not suffer as quickly as others while he ages. And he has a long contract I think.

espen
espen

Can’t let him leave, with the uncertainity of Alexis, we just can’t afford to lose two attacking players at one go.

And Ox is linked to Liverpool as well.

Moley Mole the Mole who lives in a hole
Moley Mole the Mole who lives in a hole

Giroud is from Savoie and has been back home for the past weeks. Closest international airport is Lyon…

B B

Please don’t ruin conjecture with common sense facts.

Rufusstan
Rufusstan

Was just about to say the same thing.

If the only evidence for this is Olli going through an airport to see his family and the big mouth of the Lyon chairman, then we have no worries.

We played 55 games this season. Next season will likely be more, which means Giroud will get plenty of game time.

love and hate
love and hate

Ambition for Russia?

cal
cal

People clambering for aubamgayang??? I literally cant get my head around this.. if you think giroud goes through barron spells of missing sitters aubamayang is the very same.. a very poor finisher,its just his runs and speed whitch keep hos figures up… lacazette is by far a better finisher.. comments show me that none of you who suggest aubamayang have watched these players in any detail at all

nullvinho
nullvinho

Say what you want about Wenger but he’s got an eye for a deal when it comes to selling players.

Bob A
Bob A

We have been down this road with Lacazette for several seasons now and just when it seems we may buy him the Lyon president suddenly put up barriers , so I see this year being no different, regardless if we offer Giroud or not. I think Giroud is a good player to have in any team,and as you pointed out several days ago he comes in front of Lacazette in the French team and scores more goals.

GoonerChriz
GoonerChriz

Dont underestimate our handsome french bloke

Alittlebitsharpness

I don’t understand why we are being so nice on players? He is a proven and reliable asset for the club, has a long term contract and should stay. Leaving is only good for him, not for the squad.

If we want one day to be up there with the biggest club, we need to be ruthless and Arsène needs to learn to manage this kind of situations (or is it another thing he can’t do?). I mean, have you seen the bench of Real Madrid?

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Totally. If Lacazette comes in and Giroud goes then he knows he’s set for the number 9 position for the rest of the season. We need genuine top level competition, pushing themselves to improve or be taken over by the other guy. I want to see Giroud and Lacazette competing for that spot with Welbeck amongst it too.

dr Strange
dr Strange

Giroud needs to stay. He is a great player and Arsenal needs his qualities. People keep slagging him of for not scoring enough goals but he´s outstanding in the link up play, really strong and a handfull for any defender and very good in set pieces. It´s not his fault we can´t be arsed to play to his strengths. Any one else on here gone ballistic that we keep crossing low when Giroud is on the pitch just to change as soon as he´s subbed for Walcott?

Foggy Bottom
Foggy Bottom

Please I beg of you, Lyon, to take this tree stump off our hands

Vonnie
Vonnie

I would be gutted if our HFB leaves. We couldn’t win the league with only him being played into the ground, but I sure as hell don’t see us winning it by getting rid of him. He’s actually a really good striker that we don’t use correctly, is a team player and genuinely loves the club and wants to do well. He’s also very skilful and pacier than some care to admit (nice run in the FA cup final to set up the goal). The only problem that Oli has is that Alexis doesn’t seem to like him much, (mind goes back to altercation with Kos etc when Alexis was acting like an idiot), so Alexis doesn’t play well with him. We should just keep them for different situations.

Squiggle
Squiggle

I’d be very sorry to see Giroud leave. On the other hand I’d much rather see him reaching for Ligue 1 with Lyon rather than scrubbing around with West Ham.
I wouldn’t want him wasting his career here if the team is headed in a way that doesn’t suit his talents.

Enis Azemi

Get Lacazette and keep GIROUD

Oooh Ahhh Ray Parlour
Oooh Ahhh Ray Parlour

Come on Oli, one more year mate!

Tusikon
Tusikon

That would be stupid, and I’m certainly not a fan of Giroud, but he’s the best subrotation striker we can have.

Matt P
Matt P

I am not convinced by Lacazette at all. I would be completely underwhelmed if we sign him. He’s just not good enough to take us up a level.