Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Olivier Giroud will not be going anywhere in the January transfer window, reports The Mirror.
The striker was linked with a move away from the Emirates in the summer following the signing of Alexandre Lacazette.
Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman later revealed that he tried to convince the 31-year-old to move to Goodison Park, but it was a failed attempt.
This season, Giroud has not started a single Premier League game for Arsenal; instead having to settle for regular game time in the Europa League.
The forward has played 254 minutes of top-flight action across 13 substitute appearances and in that time has scored four goals.
One of those came in the 88th minute against Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday and ended up salvaging a 1-1 draw for the Gunners.
According to The Mirror, when asked about Giroud possible leaving in January, Wenger said:
“In your question is the answer, because you say he is important, why should we lose an important player? Is it up to him or up to us? It’s up to us.”
If the Frenchman rejected offers from clubs in the summer, then he must have accepted that he would not be first on the teamsheet for Arsenal.
Giroud’s goal at the weekend levelled the record set by former Manchester United star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the most goals scored from a substitute at a single club (17).
While that is a good achievement, the striker has proven consistently that he can still offer quality up front as a starter.
At an outfit like Arsenal, though, there will always be forward players that are better than Giroud, so perhaps it is best for him to move to a club where he will be the main man.
At the moment the Frenchman is performing well as the Gunners’ ‘super sub’, but there is a risk that he will continue to fall down the pecking order.