Marseille manager Rudi Garcia has ruled out the club signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud before the end of the transfer window.
The 30 year old has been a reported target of the French club for a number of months but Garcia has seemingly declared defeat in their pursuit of the forward after stating he doesn’t think the Frenchman is interested in the move. He told L’Equipe:
“I think he does not want to come to Marseille, Olivier Giroud. The problem is that. It can be understood, when you are the striker of the French team, that we are moving to Arsenal and that we will eventually change clubs, we may have other interests than OM.”
In an interview with SFR Sports last week was adamant he was staying with the Gunners this summer despite the rumours. The striker only signed a new two year contract back in January but the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette has called into the question his future at the club once again.
Even without Lacazette at the club last season, Giroud found it hard to get game time in the first half of last season with Alexis Sanchez chosen as the main striker. The French international did go on to make 17 starts, and 40 appearances in total last season, scoring 16 goals, and he will be hoping to work his way back into contention as a first team regular this campaign.