Olivier Giroud has admitted that he doesn’t actually know whether he’ll be an Arsenal player next season.
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Despite recent rumours that Giroud‘s willing to stay at Arsenal this summer in order to fight for a place in the first team, the striker himself admits that he doesn’t actually know if he’ll be in north London next season.
“I honestly don’t know,” Giroud told Sky Sports HQ. “At the moment I’m still an Arsenal player so I’ll try to be professional like always and prepare well for next season.
“Obviously there will be more competition, even more than last year, but it’s always nice for a striker to feel the pressure and I always deal with it.
“I’ve been through some difficulties these last years but always succeeded to bounce back, but this one I don’t know. I don’t know about my future so I can’t tell you more. I’m focused on my pre-season.”
With the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud faces even more competition for game time after he played just 1,194 minutes in the Premier League last season. Considering he featured 29 times, that works out as around just 41 minutes on average per appearance.
Arsenal have been said to be holding out for £30m with West Ham, Everton, Marseille and Lyon all linked with the France international. However, it appears that most clubs are only willing to fork out £20m for the 30-year-old.
Arsene Wenger insists that he wants to keep Giroud, who has two years left on his current deal, which he extended at the beginning of 2017, at Arsenal.