Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to get rid of forward Olivier Giroud at the end of the season, according to reports in The Sun.
The 27 year old has been the Gunners most dangerous striker this term and leads their scoring charts with 19 goals, but his off-field antics have led to plenty criticism and skepticism over his future.
The report states that the France international has fallen out of favour with the Gunners boss and will be allowed to leave north London when the transfer window reopens. It further states that Wenger is furious with Giroud’s lack of professionalism and is prepared to accept offers of around £17 million for the player he signed just two years ago.
The striker was caught with a woman in the team’s hotel the night before a game earlier this year. The revelation also put strain on the Frenchman’s relationship with wife Jennifer, and has proved to be an unwanted distraction for the Gunners striker.
Giroud has endured a season of two halves. He started in tremendous form, scoring the goals to help power Arsenal to the top of the Premier League. However, since January his form has dramatically fallen away. Despite his 19 goals in all competitions, his all-round performances have been widely criticised by Arsenal fans.
There are undoubtedly signs that Wenger is losing faith with his fellow Frenchman. He has been left out of the lineup in a number of big games including start either the FA Cup wins over Liverpool and Wigan as well as the home leg of the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
Wenger has made it his priority to add a top class striker to his team, which would certainly relegate Giroud to becoming the backup. It would be wrong to let him go altogether as the main area of weakness in the Gunners squad is a lack of strikers and selling the Frenchman would only exacerbate that problem.
It is evident that Arsenal need at least one new centre-forward and why should we make that job harder by letting another perfectly decent striker go? He might not be at the level of the Premier League’s big name strikers, but he’d certainly provide a great backup.
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