Giroud urged to leave Arsenal in January

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Olivier Giroud

Bengaluru, December 5: France forward Olivier Giroud has been advised by his national side to consider a move away from Arsenal as he needs to play more matches in order to boost his chances of playing a significant role for France at the World Cup.

The French forward has been limited to a starting role this season after the arrival of former Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as manager Arsene Wenger has mostly selected the senior forward in the Europa League this season.

The forward has played only 234 minutes of Premier League football so far this season, less than three full matches with most of the appearances coming from the bench.

The 31-year-old currently faces solid competition for a place in France's 23-man squad for Russia after the emergence of top attackers like Lacazette, Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir among others.

Moreover, now Deschamps' assistant Guy Stephane has made a worrying statement with the respect to the World Cup team selection as the coach claimed that the Gunners striker should find a solution for his lack of first-team football.

Stephane also advised the player to move from London to a top side either on loan temporarily or on a permanent basis to have more game time if he is to keep his place in France's squad for the 2018 World Cup.

The French assistant said: "Didier has had the opportunity to talk to him about it and now Olivier has to find a solution in the weeks to come.

"A loan deal in January? That's up to him.

"Olivier has been very good for us in the last few months and he has a very high ratio in terms of the amount of games played to goals but now he must play more."

Giroud has been an ever presence in the French national team since his debut in national colours in 2011 and has an impressive strike rate of 29 goals in 69 international appearances.

The French striker has recently been linked with a move to Premier League side Everton and West Ham whereas it is believed that Ligue 1 side Marseille are also monitoring the situation.

Story first published: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 13:51 [IST]
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