Arsene Wenger insists he wants to keep Olivier Giroud at Arsenal after reports emerged linking the France international with a move to Marseille.
Speculation has claimed that the Ligue 1 side are ready to spend upto £20m on Giroud this summer and have made the 30-year-old their top transfer target.
Giroud only signed a new deal earlier this year keeping him at the club until 2020 but has struggled for game time, largely due to the sensational form of Alexis Sanchez.
Wenger was asked about Giroud’s future in his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Leicester and says he has no intention of selling him.
“I have had no approach from Marseille,” he told reporters. “We want to keep Olivier Giroud.”
However, Wenger also took time out to praise Sanchez, who was again Arsenal’s match-winner on Sunday as the club beat Manchester City to book a spot in the FA Cup final.
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“He has been remarkably efficient. He had a very good spell when he played up front,” he added.
“When he plays on the flank he is more of a provider. He can always turn up with something special and he has the individual quality to make the difference.”
Despite Wenger’s words, you can guarantee there will be more speculation over Giroud in the coming months with the club set for a huge summer in the transfer market.