The deal for Arsenal to get Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund is dragging on and on as usual, just like the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Man United, and it will probably hinge on whether the Bundesliga club can get a suitable replacement in before the end of the transfer window.
One of the proposals included our French backup striker Olivier Giroud moving the other way, but as his wife is pregnant and not interested in the upheaval of moving house at the moment he is unlikely to be able to play outside of London. But if PEA arrives then Giroud will get even less playing time with Arsenal and will reduce his chances of getting into the French World Cup side this summer, but there is one obvious solution.
Wenger made it clear today that Giroud would only leave if ‘somebody’ (Aubamayeng!) comes in… “I want Olivier to stay. I just told you if nobody comes in, nobody goes out. Maybe one or two young players out on loan somewhere, but the experienced side of the squad will remain the same unless somebody comes in.
“I have a consistent exchange with Olivier Giroud and we speak about the situation a lot. He played many games you know, because he played all the games in the Europa League and came on a lot in the Premier League and has scored important goals for us. He is an important player here that everyone wants to stay, and there is a high level of respect for Olivier in this club. He will certainly get more games and he could only leave if somebody else comes in.”
Antonio Conte has been trying hard to get in a new striker to compete with Alvaro Morata and have been linked with Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll, and are now reportedly aiming for Edin Dzeko, but there are also rumours that the Arsenal striker is also an option, and with Giroud having oodles of Premiership experience and already living in London it would be the perfect move for Oli (and his wife!)
Would Arsenal fans mind if we allowed Giroud to go to Chelsea? Surely it is not as bad as letting Jose Mourinho have Alexis? Or (just a thought), how about swapping for David Luiz???