Olivier Giroud must be the only man associated with Arsenal who will be disheartened by the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners broke their club record fee to sign the striker from Lyon, but it’s cast more doubt upon the future of Giroud.
The French international was already struggling for a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s XI – he was handed just 11 starts in the Premier League last season, though he still managed 12 goals.
Fortunately, the 30-year-old shouldn’t be too disheartened as he is in plenty of demand.
The Mirror report that Borussia Dortmund are the latest club to join the race for Giroud’s signature, with Everton, West Ham, AC Milan, and Marseille already having declared an interest.
The situation is all the more urgent with the World Cup just a year away. Giroud will not want to lose his place in the France set-up, where he ironically keeps Lacazette out of the team.
He has been incredibly upfront about his situation. Speaking at the club’s launch of their third kit, he admitted:
“It (leaving) is an option to be honest with you.
“I’m here in pre-season, I wanted to travel. Some people asked me if I am going to travel or not. I am an Arsenal player and for the moment I am here. I just want to prepare well for the season and we will see later.
“But it is true that I really enjoyed my five years with Arsenal. I try to be professional. No matter what happens, I did my job on the pitch.”