We are well aware that Olivier Giroud has been told to leave Arsenal for regular first team football if he wants to retain his place in the France national side this summer at the World Cup, and the latest rumours are that he would like to go on loan to another London club.
Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are going to be the starting front line this season as long as they are all fit, and with Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi also fit again and back in contention, Wenger is not short on options up front and may believe that he could cope without our supersubs firepower off the bench.
But can you really see Le Prof allow him to join one of our local rivals just to give Giroud a chance to get to the World Cup? I cannot see that happening, especially as Wenger said just last week. ‘I want to keep the squad. We qualified now for the Europa League and that means we do not want to reduce the squad. We have the League Cup, still we are in it.
‘The FA Cup still to come, the Europa League to come, we have the Premier League where we have a big fight to be in the top four. You do not want to become weaker.
‘I have to consider the interest of the player but dominant of that will be the interests of the club and if you can combine the two it is even better but first is what is important for the club.
‘They have to make their decisions, I have to make mine. I cannot consider too much the interest of the national team.’
So I think we can forget about these unsettling rumours. Giroud gave up his chance to join Everton last summer so will be fully prepared to stay at the Emirates for the whole of the campaign, whether he plays for France or not. He can’t just change his mind 4 months later!