The Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been in the news a lot lately. After scoring an exquisite top corner strike against Sweden on international duty, the Frenchman is now being linked with a move to Arsenal’s London rivals, West Ham. If reports from the Evening Standard are to be believed, Hammers’ boss Slave Bilic is desperate to revitalise his attack and has made Giroud his number one target.
Despite always turning up for France, the case has unfortunately been very different for the Frenchman at club level, with the player being benched in favour of Alexis Sanchez in the early part of the season and largely taking up the role of an impact sub as the season progressed and his situation does not look likely to improve with the Gunners being linked with the likes of Mbappe and Lacazette.
So would Giroud actually move to West Ham? Well, it is easy to see why West Ham would be interested in the player. Slave Bilic likes to play with a targetman up front and with Andy Carroll always crocked, it would make sense to move for a more reliable and consistent alternative in the form of Giroud, especially considering that he’s proven in the Premier League.
But while the interest is most certainly there, I just cannot see Arsenal selling him. Despite all the criticism he gets, the handsome striker has notched up almost a hundred goals for the Gunners and while he may not be a striker who can lead a time to the title, he is most certainly a valuable asset. Besides, he signed a new contract in January and confirmed last week that he wants to stay at Arsenal and win the Premier League.
“I am not insensitive to the approaches of the French clubs and especially that of Marseille,” Giroud said. “But my future is in the Premier League. I still have titles to win.
“After the FA Cup, we will go for the league title. That’s my goal.”
Should Arsenal keep him or let him move to the Hammers?