Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud is expected to be the club’s first choice striker next season.
Giroud was questioned by both fans and critics for much of the campaign, in which he went 15 league games without a goal from January until May.
However, the former Montpellier man finished the season strongly, scoring against Manchester City in a 2-2 draw before bagging a hat-trick against Aston Villa on the final day.
A new striker is set to be brought in by Wenger during the summer transfer window following the news that Danny Welbeck will miss nine months of football due to a knee injury, but the gaffer says he expects Giroud to continue leading the line at the start of next term even with a new addition.
“Yes,” Wenger told the BBC (via theLondon Evening Standard) in answer to Giroud’s starting role.
“I believe that Danny Welbeck being out now for a long, long time we will be on the road to look for one more striker.
“After that it’s down to compete. Olivier has strong and weak moments so we have to deal with that.
“He is a bit unbelievable – he is in cycles. He scores in spells and then sometimes he scores less.”
The likes of Juventus ace Alvaro Morata and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi have both been linked with a move to the Emirates.