Since arriving in the Premier League from Montpellier in 2012, having won Ligue 1 with the French side, Olivier Giroud has never quite been regarded as a top-class Premier League striker and has been widely criticised by the media and sections of the supporters.
That’s despite scoring an impressive 65 goals in 152 appearances in the league, with a large chunk of those opportunities in the past two seasons coming off the bench- as Arsenal have opted to use Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez as first-choices at times ahead of him.
For Giroud, a growing lack of opportunities, and the fact he is now 30, may see the Frenchman seek a move elsewhere and Marseille are ready to hand him that opportunity, as they seek attacking recruits to help fulfil their future ambitions.
Regardless of what disgruntled supporters may tell you, Olivier Giroud is an important member of the Arsenal squad- which is shown by his tally of 11 goals this season, which have come despite the Frenchman being consistently overlooked for a starting spot.
With Alexis Sanchez’ future in North London also in doubt, Arsenal could be making a grave mistake if both forward’s leave the Emirates Stadium this summer- although any new manager that comes into the club, should Arsene Wenger walk, may adopt a style of play that Giroud doesn’t fit into.
That said, the opposite may happen and a new boss may feel Giroud is the prime man for his tactic- with many believing that Giroud would excel with a strike-partner, although it’s difficult to currently adopt that set-up giving the players Arsenal have at their disposal.