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In Focus: Olivier Giroud is worth holding onto

As reported by France Football, Olympique Marseilles are interested in signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and could have already sounded him out about a move to Ligue 1.

What’s the story?

Marseilles are of course no strangers to a headline grabbing move from the English Premier League after landing Dimitri Payet from West Ham United in January and it seems their business in the English market isn’t done this year.

France Football reckon Marseilles boss Rudi Garcia is keen on the French international and is hoping to make him his headlining summer signing.

With Giroud not exactly first choice at the Emirates, could a move back to his homeland prove tempting?

Does he have a future at Arsenal?

Olivier Giroud has made just ten starts for Arsene Wenger this season, the veteran manager much preferring playing Alexis Sanchez through the middle and often opting to play just one striker.

However, Giroud still weighs in with a fair contribution, netting 13 times this season for the club despite limited minutes on the pitch.

With a futher 10 goals for his country over the last 12 months, it’s clear that he is an elite striker, potentially at the peak of his game at the age of 30.

That goal threat is still vital at the Emirates and his presence offers great depth to the Arsenal frontline. Given the Gunners regularly compete on four fronts, that depth is vital if they are to turn their ambitions of serious silverware into a reality.

He’s a proven goalscorer and would be hard to replace if they did let him leave to return to Ligue 1, as reported by France Football. With Alexis Sanchez still having not committed to a new contract, now is not the best time to be considering selling more key goal threats.

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