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Arsenal striker’s future depends on Wenger’s plans


Olivier Giroud will make a decision on his future when Arsene Wenger announces whether or not he will continue on as Arsenal manager next season.

The 30-year-old Frenchman has been recently linked with a move back to France with reports claiming Marseille are interested in his services.

Giroud has been in and out of the Arsenal starting line-up and grew frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities before the turn of the year. However, the Frenchman did sign an extension to his current deal in January, keeping him at the Emirates until summer 2019. Despite this, it is now being suggested that although he wants to stay at Arsenal, he may change his mind depending on who is in charge of the Gunners next season.

Giroud’s agent, Michael Manuello, insists there has been no contact with Marseille, but has revealed that his client is concerned about the possible changes that could take place at Arsenal this summer.

Quoted in the Daily Mirror, Manuello told Foot Mercato:

“There was talk that Olivier was in contact with [Marseille head coach] Rudi Garcia.

“I said that that was false. There is no contact between Marseille and us. At this point, there is no contact.

“Olivier wants to help his team qualify for the Champions League. When we know exactly what Arsene Wenger is doing, we will ask ourselves questions. We will think about what is possible and what is not possible.

“When Olivier and I talk, there are no discussions about other projects. His future is not only linked with that of the manager.

“It is linked to what Arsenal are going to do and if there is a change at Arsenal in terms of how Olivier is implicated at the project.

“Things have not changed since his contract extension. Our desire is be at Arsenal long term. Olivier has been there for five years. The aim for Olivier is still to go as far as possible in this adventure with Arsenal to do great things there.

“At some point, if the two are to separate, we will see.”

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