Olivier Giroud open to January Arsenal exit – but not to Turkey or China

Olivier Giroud open to January Arsenal exit – but not to Turkey or China

The agent of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has confirmed he will consider offers in the January transfer window, but has ruled out moves to either Turkey or China.

The 31-year-old Gunners frontman has predominantly been restricted to substitute appearances this season, with summer signing Alexandre Lacazette leading the line for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Having only featured in 15 of Arsenal’s 22 league fixtures and scoring just four goals, Giroud supposedly feels now could finally be the time to seek first-team football with another club.

Naturally, this has caught the attention of a whole host of clubs, according to reports, including West Ham, Everton, and Turkish side Fenerbahce. But Giroud’s representative, Michael Manuello, has revealed that the striker isn’t interested in big-money moves to Turkey or China.

Manuello told Le Figaro: “[Turkey] does not interest him. China neither. Leaving to earn more money is not what’s important in his mind.

“He listens, looks and then he will see. Leaving just to leave Arsenal is no use. It has to be sensible and give him something more.”

Manuello assured his interviewer any decision will not be made lightly, and he still expects Giroud to content for a spot in the starting eleven for Arsenal, even if it isn’t as regular as he would like.

He went on: “He will have playing time at Arsenal, as the second part of the season is important with competitions to play, even if it’s only the Europa League.

“Olivier never gives up. He fights for everything. Even if you tell him it’s impossible, he’ll listen to you but make you understand that he does not think the same thing.”

Giroud is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury and not expected to return for Arsenal until late January.

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