Striker ready for an exit this summer

With Arsenal likely to make some business dealings in the summer, Olivier Giroud wants more consistent playing time next season.

Olivier Giroud is ready to move out of Arsenal this summer if Arsene Wenger changes his strike-force.

The France international wants regular play next season so he would get a call up to his country national squad for the World Cup in Russia.

With top-scorer Alexis Sanchez probably making an exit this summer with just a year till the end of his contract, Wenger is said to have a replacement among his list of target.

Marseille are in hot pursuit of Giroud and hopes he will help the club challenge for the French title next season, with their sight also set on a spot on Champions League.

It is understood they are willing to spend £20million on the 30-year-old former Montpellier star’s signature.

Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said of Giroud this week: “He is a great player but I refuse to speculate on particular names.”

Although Giroud has expressed his disinterest in returning to France, affluent Marseille, who are also keeping tabs on Leicester City player Riyad Mahrez, could make him an irresistible offer.

Since he transferred to Arsenal five years ago, Giroud has picked up a total of 98 goals for the Gunners in 225 appearances.

He was instrumental in getting France to the final of the European Championship last summer and he could be winning his third FA Cup silverware when the Gunners come against Chelsea at Wembley next weekend.


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