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Arsenal ace ready to leave in order to improve World Cup chances


Everton are confident of securing a deal for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window, according to the Mirror journalist Neil Moxley.

The Merseyside club attempted to land the 30 year old in the summer, but the move was said to have been blocked by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Giroud was believed to have been keen on the move in order to secure his place in France’s squad for the 2018 World Cup, but Wenger was not prepared to lose both the striker, and Alexis Sanchez in the closing days of the transfer window.

Sanchez’s £60m move to Manchester City however collapsed after Arsenal failed to secure Thomas Lemar as his replacement, leaving Giroud again to play mostly as an impact substitute.

The forward is yet to start a Premier League match this season, although he has started games in the Carabao Cup and Europa League. His lack of game time will however be a major concern for him considering the wealth of attacking options France manager Didier Deschamps has available. Everton are said to be counting on this desire for first team action by offering £40m in January, but will the Frenchman choose to leave for Goodison Park?

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