Much maligned but talented Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has stated in an interview that he would consider leaving in January if an appropriate offer comes in.
Giroud has stated that he would be open to a loan move in January in order to gain more first-team football, in preparation for the upcoming World Cup next year.
The French star has often been a reliable option off the bench and has scored many crucial goals for the Gunners.
In fact, the 31-year-old has just equalled the record as the Premier League’s most prolific substitute for a single club, drawing level with record holder Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Giroud’s equalising goal for the Gunners against Southampton made it 17 goals from the bench for Arsenal but hasn’t started a single game under Wenger this season.
But now, Giroud has grown tired of his super sub role and is itching for more football in order to gain a place in the French team for the World Cup. Giroud told French newspaper L’Equipe:
‘I have the World Cup at the back of my mind weekly, almost daily. Each time I go onto the pitch, it’s to be more clinical and keep on track for the World Cup,’ Giroud said.
“The reason for me not leaving this summer was partly down to the opportunities that I had.
Giroud also admitted that the French international coach Didier Deschamps wants him to play more.
“What the French national team boss advises also comes into account. But it will not be able to find the right solution. Again, we will look at our options.
“A loan could be an option, but I do not think that Arsenal will want that.”
However Arsene Weger has stated that Giroud is going nowhere.