Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are lifting a round of ales in memory of centre-forward Olivier Giroud, even though the Frenchman hasn’t left the north London club just yet.
According to Goal France, however, he’s emerged as a dream target for Marseille, who appear to be preparing for an ambitious spending spree to mark Frank McCourt’s first summer transfer window since officially purchasing the club in October 2016.
The 30-year-old has netted eleven times already this term but has only been in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI for short periods of the campaign, with Alexis Sanchez excelling since being moved to the tip of the Gunners’ attack at the start of the season.
The France international signed a contract extension last month but that doesn’t mean much in terms of job security nowadays, and Giroud’s future could be put in doubt if Wenger leaves the Emirates Stadium as expected when his own deal expires in the summer.
Giroud has plenty of experience in French football, earning his move to Arsenal by firing Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title and finishing up as the division’s top scorer during the 2011/12 campaign.
However, whether Giroud represents a realistic target for a club currently holding onto sixth place by goal difference remains to be seen. Goal France rather poetically describe him as a ‘sweet dream’ – you won’t get any of that nonsense in the Transfer Tavern.
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