Olivier Giroud will consider leaving Arsenal if attacking reinforcements are signed this summer, according to the Mirror.

The 30-year-old forward has netted 16 goals and created six more in all competitions this season, despite failing to feature as regularly.

Despite starting the last two Premier League matches, he’s only completed a full 90 minutes (all comps) on four previous occasions in 2017 and Danny Welbeck is deemed more effective by many in a lone central attacking role up-top.

A number of troublesome injuries (toe, thigh and various knocks) have seen him struggle to perform consistently at his best level for large periods of the season and despite a commendable goal-tally, he has often looked a frustrated figure.

Alexis Sánchez excelled as a centre forward during the first half of this season, but Wenger’s reluctance to leave Giroud out entirely saw Alexis shifted back onto the wing.

Goals haven’t been so free-flowing and Giroud, who joined Arsenal from Montpellier in the summer of 2012, is said to want to play regularly to ensure he has the best possible chance of making France’s squad for next year’s World Cup tournament in Russia.

Ligue 1 side Marseille, who signed Dimitri Payet from West Ham in January, are reportedly interested in Giroud’s services.

A transfer fee in the region of £20m has already been identified as a possible start to negotiations between the two clubs and although nothing has been confirmed yet, it seems likely that Giroud will want first-team assurances this summer or he could seek pastures new.

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