Giroud Wants Arsenal Loan Exit to Save World Cup Place

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Olivier Giroud is ready to make a sensational exit from Arsenal to protect his international career, claims the Daily Mirror.

The 31-year-old striker is a mainstay of the Gunners Europa League campaign but finds himself reduced to a bit-part player for Premier League fixtures. Giroud is likely to return to the bench for Sunday’s visit to Southampton.

This is the damaging his chances of starting for the national team, especially with Alexandre Lacazette, 26, jumping the queue ahead of him at club level. Signed from Lyon in the summer for £52m, Lacazette is Arsene Wenger’s preferred striker with Arsenal fielding a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Now, the Mirror quotes a “source close to the situation” as saying, “Olivier does not want to disturb and uproot his family.

“Ideally, he wants to stay but he needs football – there are options in London for him.”

It’s a familiar refrain in Arsene Wenger’s ears. Gareth Southgate told Jack Wilshere, 25, that he needed to get into Arsenal’s first team if he was to be selected for next summer’s squad to travel to Russia.

Wenger rebuffed reporter’s questions after the club’s 6 – 0 win over BATE Borisov. The Arsenal manager declared his only responsibility was to the club’s needs, not the international aspirations of the players nor the national head coaches.

Giroud rejected a move to Everton during the summer and is said to be attracting the attention of Crystal Palace and West Ham.