Olivier Giroud is reportedly ready to hold showdown talks with Arsenal’s hierarchy concerning his future at the club amidst reports that the club is working on bringing a new striker to the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger has stepped up his search for a centre-forward since the knee injury to Danny Welbeck which will keep the England international out for nine months.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of strikers with the likes of Inter Milan Mauro Icardi, PSG Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Juventus Alvaro Morata topping the list. However, reports linking Morata to the North London have been rife in recent times.
The media had reported that the Premier League giant is ready to make a club record-breaking bid for the Spain international and is ready to splash up to £51 million to sign him.
Wenger aims to reinforce his side’s front-line and has made it clear that the club will sign another striker this summer after Welbeck’s injury;
“I believe that Danny Welbeck being out now for a long, long time we will be on the road to look for one more striker”.
But he has also assured Giroud of a role in the team next season The French coach has answered in affirmative terms when asked about the forward’s future at the club and added that “After that it’s down to compete.”
“Olivier has strong and weak moments so we have to deal with that.
“He is a bit unbelievable he is in cycles. He scores in spells and then sometimes he scores less.”
Giroud was far from being consistent last season, going 15 league games without a goal before picking up 4 in the last two games against Manchester City and Aston Villa, including a wonderful hat-trick against the latter.
The DailyStar is reporting that Giroud wants to discuss his future with the authorities at Arsenal to be assured of his role at the club next season. he has already been linked with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
The 29-year-old star joined the gunners on 26 June 2012 when Arsenal won the race to sign Giroud on a long-term contract for a fee believed to be around £9.6 million (€12.4 million).
The France international has made 188 appearances for the North London club bagging 88 goals in total and has made a good influence in the Gunners squad in the last 4 seasons that he has been at the club.