French club Olympique de Marseille have been closely monitoring Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
Marseille boss Rudi Garcia has recently told L’Equipe that Giroud would become a perfect fit for the French club’s attacking department. Giroud, who has been speculated with a move away from the Emirates due to him being kept on the bench in this past Sunday’s Community Shield win over rivals Chelsea FC.
However, Giroud has played down the rumours of him being leaving The Gunners as Marseille boss Garcia said that the French forward “does not want to come.” which has indicated that he isn’t joining Marseille.
While Giroud was already in and out of the side last term his place in Wenger’s starting lineup does not look secured for this season as well, due to the arrival of Alexander Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais.
The former Montpellier striker scored 12 goals in 11 starts for Arsenal last term in the Premier League and according to The Mirror he has been valued around 30 million by The Gunners.
Garcia who led Marseille to Europa League football last season has admitted that under the new ownership of Frank McCourt, Marseille still do not have the quality to attract player of Giroud’s calibre.
“You can understand that, when you’re a striker in the France team, when you play at Arsenal and you’re perhaps going to change club, you might have other centres of interest than OM,” Garcia stated.
However, Garcia wants to stay positive and motivated and claims that the signing of Brazilian Luis Gustavo is a message for others. Giroud has also been linked with other Premier League clubs in Everton FC and West Ham United.
Everton will be looking to sign a new striker, to partner up with Wayne Rooney up ahead and with the departure of Romelo Lukaku, The Toffees might be considering signing the Gunners number 12.
West Ham on the other hand have signed Javier Hernandez, who makes his return to Premier League football after a long absence, so The Hammers are already in the running and might not make any deal for Giroud after all.