Despite questions continually being asked about Olivier Giroud’s future in recent months, the experienced Frenchman has now dismissed speculation linking him with a summer move away from Arsenal.
Giroud’s opportunities for regular first-team minutes have been increasingly infrequent this term. Despite an impressive goalscoring record, many feel the club must bolster their attacking options if they’re to sustain a proper Premier League title challenge.
Newly-promoted Newcastle had been surprisingly linked, as have clubs in Ligue 1 too as a potential return to France was said to be a possibility.
During an interview with French television show Telefoot though, he stressed his eagerness to remain in England and challenge for the Premier League as opposed to a France return sooner rather than later.
“I am not insensitive to the approaches of the French clubs and especially that of Marseille, but my future is in the Premier League. I still have titles to win,” Giroud was quoted as saying.
“After the FA Cup, we will go for the league title. That’s my goal.”
At 30-years-old, Giroud is at the stage of his career where he needs to be playing on a regular basis to ensure a regular starting spot internationally for Les Bleus, especially with next year’s World Cup in Russia on the horizon.
It remains to be seen whether he’ll be given first-team assurances by Wenger ahead of the new campaign, though he will hope for extended starting opportunities given the loyalty he has shown to the club in recent seasons, not least by signing new terms earlier this year.