Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud’s performances last season are proof that Arsenal need to keep him next season.
Despite penning a new deal at the Emirates in January, the France international has hinted at a willingness to move elsewhere following a frustrating campaign in which he was limited to 17 starts in all competitions.
West Ham United and Marseille have both been tipped as possible suitors but the boss says his compatriot brings much-needed qualities to his squad.
“It has been a frustrating season for him because he has not played a lot,” said Wenger. “And when he has played well, he has not always played the next match.
“He has won us a lot of points when he has come on because he has scored lots of times. He has qualities that our team need.”
Given the confusion over Alexis’ future, it seems hard to believe we’d allow Giroud to leave the club without suitable cover being signed. Right now, there’s no suggestion we’re any closer to a deal for any of the attackers we’ve been linked with, so the above words certainly make sense.
That said, as far as we can tell, the Mirror are the source of these quotes. However, they neither list them as exclusive nor do they say where they have come from. A French site, Maxi Foot, suggested they had come from a beIN Sport interview, but the American version of beIN SPORTS quotes the Mirror. All a bit confusing.
Until they are verified we’d take them with a pinch of salt. If we have an update, we’ll let you know.