Olivier Giroud’s agent will hold talks with Arsenal over the striker’s future at the club this week, according to reports but the player’s injury complicates matters.
The Mirror write that the 31-year-old’s agent, Michael Manuello, will travel to London for negotiations this week. Manuello recently admitted they were keeping their options open, and Giroud could move on in January.
The Frenchman has mostly just started Europa League and League Cup games this season, with only one of his 10 starts coming in the Premier League.
Despite this, he’s scored four league goals, including three in the last month. Alexis only has five in the league despite playing significantly more minutes.
Presumably, those teams would offer the former Montpellier man more than one start per 19 league games.
However, the situation is further complicated by the news of Giroud’s latest injury.
The current time-frame is six weeks out, which leaves him sidelined until the end of January, missing 10 games, including at three against Chelsea.
If that’s accurate, clubs would have to gamble on the striker’s fitness, and the injury may well put off potential buyers, lower his price, and stop Arsenal wanting to sell.
Either way, if the rumours of talks are true, we should know more when the window opens in January.