Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Olivier Giroud admits he's considering a January exit

Olivier Giroud admits he's considering a January exit

He will also be aware that he will need to play as regularly as possible if he wishes to make the France team for the 2018 World Cup. "It is nearly like an offensive experience", he said.

Trust Arsene Wenger to venerate a sport where nothing has changed for 500 years: the Frenchman believes only in sumo wrestling will you find competitors where the victor will never disrespect the loser. I don't think so. "It is hard to take when you lose a big game, to see the 100 per cent celebration on the other side". It happened to us, it happened to them and it's unfortunate.

Mustafi missed Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton with a thigh problem which he is yet to recover from, while Ramsey has a slight hamstring issue.

Giroud has not yet started a Premier League game this campaign - with boss Arsene Wenger preferring club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette up front - but he has made an impressive contribution from the bench, scoring four league goals so far.

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Until then Arsenal had been staring at a second successive league defeat, after a stinging 3-1 loss to Manchester United the previous weekend.

Wenger played down those comments, though, and said he wants to keep the striker.

However, competition for a place in the Didier Deschamps' squad is fierce and the manager has already stated that Giroud would need to be getting more minutes than he now is if he was to be selected. "Of course. First of all he has played many games, much more than people speak about". If you look at his career since he came here, look how many French caps he's got since he has been at Arsenal. "I can understand the frustration of every player who doesn't play, but as well that's part of the job when you go to a big club".

"He is still efficient, he gave an assist against Manchester United and an assist against Southampton", Wenger said. "He's a very important player, and I have a big respect and I am an admirer of Olivier Giroud". Our door is always open.

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