Arsenal’s supersub Olivier Giroud has been told by the France coach Didier Deschamps that he will need to play regular first team football if he wants to be chosen for the international squad at the World Cup in Russia this summer, and Giroud himself has admitted that he is desperate to go to what could be his large major tournament of his career. “I have the World Cup at the back of my mind weekly, almost daily.” Oli said. “Each time I go onto the pitch, it’s to be more clinical and keep on track for the World Cup.”
It was well publicised that he was up at Everton talking to the then manager Ronald Koeman in the summer, but at the last moment decided to stay at Arsenal. Obviously Everton still want him, and now Wayne Rooney has promised our reserve centre-forward that he will be a regular starter if he moves to Goodison Park. ‘I think we could do with another striker in,’ Rooney told TalkSport. ‘The one player for me who has to start is Olivier Giroud. He scores goals and every time he comes on he scores, he’s a handful and hard to play against.
‘For me, if he starts games for Arsenal they are a better team.’
It is certainly unusual for Rooney to make a public plea like that, but he must surely think that they have a chance of nabbing him in January, despite Wenger saying that he had no intention of selling “an important player”.
But who thinks Giroud could be tempted, now that his international place is at stake?