Olivier Giroud may have come off the bench to grab another vital goal for the Gunners away at Southampton over the weekend but according to reports in the press, the Frenchman is keen to secure a January loan away from The Emirates.
Despite playing the role of super-sub with ruthless efficiency, Arsenal’s prolific striker is supposedly mindful of the fact that the World Cup is now just a matter of months away, with competition for places in Didier Deschamps’ squad hotter than ever. Given that, it’s no surprise to learn that Olivier is desperate for regular starts, which is where we come in.
Currently blessed with only one fit striker to choose from in the shape of Christian Benteke, Roy Hodgson has made no secret of the fact that he’ll be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements in January, with a goalscorer of Giroud’s stature fitting the bill perfectly. Of course, it won’t be entertained on a permanent basis but the above report suggests that between now and May, Olivier himself would like to remain in London for the sake of his family.
With the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham out of the picture on the basis of the direct competition they provide to Arsene Wenger’s men, he’d be left with Palace and West Ham to pick from, which right now, would be something of a coin flip based on the prospect of starting each week.
Obviously, the continued presence of Benteke in our squad would be seen as a barrier to guaranteed starts by some but following his penalty blunder against Bournemouth, I wouldn’t be feeling overly secure as a first-choice frontman if I were in his shoes.
It seems a tad ridiculous to think that a finisher like Giroud would happily turf up in SE25 to aid our battle against the drop but we may just have the perfect storm to push a deal through.
I for one, would love it.