Will Lacazette’s arrival end Giroud’s Arsenal stay?

Alexandre Lacazette is firmly expected to be confirmed as an Arsenal player in the near future, but what will that mean for Olivier Giroud?

The 30 year-old has always declared his wish to stay with the club, as he seeks to earn a Premier League title in North-London, but he has also expressed his intention to start the season as the club’s first-choice striker, a reality which will prove highly unlikely should his international counterpart come in.

Giroud was an immaculate professional last season when being forced to warm the bench while Alexis Sanchez flourished in a central striking role, and continued to score goals when coming on the field consistently.

The France international kept his place as his country’s first choice striker, ahead of both Kylian Mbappe, Alexandre Lacazette and Karim Benzema, but is about to lose his place in the Gunners first-team.

Giroud is wanted by a number of clubs, including those in his homeland and England, but is believed to favour a stay in the Premier League. Everton are tipped as favourites to land his signature, but there is interest from former club Marseille as well as the chance to replace Lacazette at Lyon.

The striker has had a tough time as Arsenal striker, coming under-fire on a number of occasions despite holding a more than respectable goals-per game ratio throughout his time here, but his last season will have helped him to earn much respect for his attitude and performances.

I don’t think any Arsenal fan would be disappointed to see him stay on as a back-up to Alexandre, but he appears destined to move on.

Should we try and persuade Olivier to fight for his place? Could him and Lacazette share a role in the first-team?

Pat J

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  1. There is no way the guy is staying, it’s just like telling him to give his position out to Lacazette in the French setup.. The likes of Scezny.. Fabiaski change over.
    He would be very useful elsewhere, we should try and keep Perez and Welbz atleast, if not Alexis.

    1. He has 2 years left on his contract and is 31 in September. His stock has never been higher and it’s his last realistic chance for a big money move. However, he wont get much higher than the £110k Arsenal are paying outside the PL. Put simply we need another super sub season from him. His 16 goals and 7 assists were important last season. His only FA Cup assist was for the winner in the final. His scorpion goal was a thing of real beauty. In a world cup year, he will get game time in the cups and in the league. No interested club in the league can offer him Europe and quite simply the French club cant match the PL offers (£20m) or wages.

  2. He wants to stay,
    He wants to stay,
    The Lamp post turned Genie,
    He wants to stay!

    He’s gone from Lamp post to Oil Lamp, Rub his beard 3 times and a Genie pops out with a Goal ?

    1. he needs more game time so there is no way he’s staying. We do need a big presence up top for certain games.. i’m afraid Welbeck can’t fulfill that role

      1. Apparently, he wants to stay until his contract runs out in 2020 lol he’s happy to stay & fight for his place in the team. It’s all about whether Wenger wants to sell him not. But Giroud has come out and said recently that he wants to stay ?

          1. Like I said last season, it’s Game over for Santi.

            Santi Cazorla has suffered yet another setback with his Achilles problem that will now rule him out until April, meaning he could well have played his last game for Arsenal.

            1. Too much deadwood in the team, but I still have this soft spot for Santi… A great guy he was.. and might still turn out to be

  3. I don’t think Giroud would start ahead of Benzema regularly wasn’t Benzema kicked out of the French team for alleged blackmail scandal? Anyway id welcome both Giroud and Lacazette, Giroud brings physicality up top and is great in the air he does score lots of headers and in tough away games against the likes of Stoke and West Brom he’s a good tool to have.. Lacazette can’t play every game and Walcott is not a striker and Danny Welbeck is not prolific enough to lead the line.

  4. I’d prefer us to commit to going down a different road. Out with the old guard. Giroud, Walcott, Coquelin, Wilshere, Gibbs. Id like to see these five gone. They are at a certain level, and will not breach that barrier. If we situate them with better players, I think it’s more likely that they bring the overall quality levels down towards their own levels than it is for the better players to drag it up to theirs. That’s room and money to bring in five players, that could make a helluva lot of difference. Then Campbell Jenk Gabriel. We could really try turning things around.

    Giroud, having someone like that play with Alexis is just wrong, all wrong. Wilshere and Coquelin. We could really spice up midfield, to not try is depressing. Walcott, go already. I’m sick of your talk, I hate people who talk big but amount to cowardice, though everyone knows it anyhow. Then Gibbs, we don’t need three for that position. Come on Arsene, no sentiments, you’ve been more than fair already.

  5. Lacazete and Welbeck will flourish this coming season….i can’t wait to see the duo battling for a central forward role…..Walcott, Elneny, debuchy, jenkinson should be shipped out….as for Perez and Campbell, really feel much pity for this guys most especially Joel Campbell.very good player, far better than that useless Theo Walcott…but wenger sentiment is the problem….

    1. if Joel CAMPBELL is as good as everyone thought at Arsenal, why was he relegated to the bench on loan last season . that’s dude couldn’t even make sporting cup first 11 due to his inconsistence … people must stop blaming Wenger for everything.

  6. Giroud is a good player and should stay, he gives us another option in those games where you need the big target man to come on and make a difference.

    Giroud gets a lot of hassle, he has always been an Arsenal player through and through and loyal and does get the goals so I am not sure why.

  7. I don’t mind Giroud staying but He must accept the super sub position but sometimes he will start in some games.

    We seem to forget that Wenger can start Giroud as the main striker and lacazette playing from the flanks. With Wenger you just never know although lacazette is a super nine with an eye for goals

    Whatever the matter is, Wenger should handle it properly with good tactics and formation for the players.

  8. According to reports in France, Alexandre Lacazette will sign for Arsenal today.

    Wenger is supposedly have crunch talks with Sanchez and Bellerin.

    Jokers ?? Fans are more excited about Lehmann joining than Lacazette.

  9. Lacazette could well take Alexis position with Giroud remain as tje leading striker.
    Remember how many strikers had Wenger changed to winger… ie. Wiltord, Arshavin, Gervinho..

    1. Exactly. Why take off one of your best goal scorers when someone can slide right next to him on the wing.

      1. One of your best? Not one of our best, he’s the only one we have coz his God father won’t let us have the best even though we needed one since after Henry left

        1. Sorry he is on 98 goals for the club. That’s an average of 20 goals a season, while never playing full seasons. So yes he is one of the clubs best goal scorers,

  10. He can’t run and misses chance after chance. This is why the top players at arsenal get fed up because he should be at a West Ham kind of team not arsenal. Never liked him never will. DW go JW go OX go KG LP GP MD FQ ME and the list goes on. Want to be the Best Buy the best. When yr time is up it’s up

  11. Arsenal fans are surprising. They say they want to win the league and Champions League. Guess what, it will never happen if Giroud continues to lead our attack. He has been doing that for far too long, with no results. If we want new things to happen we must start doing things differently.

  12. That guy is still useful guys.. C’mon…..we have a lot to play next season and I believe keeping him will add more depths to the squad and as well add competition hence bringing good performance from players. We need a trebble next season including EUROPA even though we manage to mocked man U fund for celebrating EUROPA trophy it was Champion league trophy…. If possible we should keep all our players……

  13. Arsenal should try and retain Giroud because of the number of games to be played this coming season. Not only is Giroud a good Plan B, but also I see no reason why Giroud can’t play up front with Lacazette, as he does with Griessmann for France.

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