You could forgive Olivier Giroud for thinking he has lived this day before, especially if Football London’s claim that Fenerbahce are interested in signing him.
Arsenal signed the France international in 2012 from Montpellier as a replacement for Robin van Persie after the Dutchman departed for Manchester United. Now Fenerbahce want Giroud to replace van Persie at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium with the now 34-year-old former Netherlands international set to end his time with the Super Lig club.
Giroud is currently out with a hamstring injury and not expected to return until early February. However, the nature of the injury is such that it should not cause any issues with a medical.
The question to be answered is whether Giroud’s family will agree to a move. A transfer to Everton fell through last summer when his wife refused to move to Merseyside. Now with a young child, will the same problem arise?
Finding first-team football is vital for the France international. Alexandre Lacazette, 26, is keeping Giroud out of the Arsenal team with Didier Deschamps recently warning that he would not select players for his World Cup finals squad if they were not in their club sides.
It’s a big decision for Giroud. Will a six-month loan spell in Turkey further his cause for club and country?