Having signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, you might have thought that would the end of the updates from their talkative president, Jean Michel Aulas.
The man does love to talk, and he’s at it again by revealing that Arsene Wenger refused to sell him Olivier Giroud.
The French striker was of interest to Lyon, and there were suggestions he might be used as a make-weight in the Lacazette deal, but the Arsenal manager was not willing to let him leave.
“I wanted to sign him,” Aulas said. “But Arsene Wenger would not sell him. We still have superb young attackers.”
Earlier, Wenger discussed the former Montpellier man, who has also been linked to the likes of Everton, West Ham and Borussia Dortmund, saying that despite the competition for places up front being fierce, Giroud would relish the challenge.
“Giroud fancies the competition,” he said. “As a manager, you have him on your back, wanting to play.
“He fights hard, you know. I like the way he responds to what’s happening.”
Of course a move is still a possibility, but it seems Wenger is determined to hang onto Giroud who gives us a great option from the bench and adds some real depth to the striking position.