Marseille In Pole Position To Land Giroud

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Olympique Marseille are preparing to launch a €28m bid for Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud. The 30-year-old French international has previously rebuffed attempts to take him back to Ligue Un but claims the Daily Telegraph, that situation changed with the arrival of compatriot, Alexandre Lacazette, 26.

With Everton and West Ham United still reportedly interested, a move to the Cote d’Azur is by no means certain. L’OM are “increasingly confident” that the Gunners will be willing to deal at €28m, with add-ons softening the London club’s attitude.

Selling to an overseas club suits Arsenal better. While English clubs are wealthier, selling to rivals is something they are trying to steer clear of, as Alexis Sanchez is finding out.

Despite signing a contract extension in January, Giroud remains ‘Plan B’ at best. Danny Welbeck’s pace is preferred by Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, and Lacazette at £52.6m, is not going to be left on the bench.

Despite statistics which suggest a goal every other game, Giroud’s tendency to embark on long, barren spells – up to 13 games at a time – finally caught up with him when Wenger relegated him from the starting line-up in 2015-16.

Yet Giroud has found the knack of being a ‘supersub’, chipping in with three goals and an assist in the final four games of the season. The final action was to set up Aaron Ramsey’s decisive goal in the 2 – 1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

If that is his last contribution in an Arsenal shirt, he can’t do much better for the club.