Giroud Admits He May Leave Arsenal Amid Dortmund Interest

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Slipping down the pecking order following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, 26, Olivier Giroud admitted to the press that his future may lie away from Arsenal, reports the Daily Mirror.

With the list of suitors growing on a daily basis, the same paper claims Borussia Dortmund are monitoring the situation closely as they face up to losing 28-year-old Patrick-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea. Previously thought to be moving to the Chinese Super League, the Gabon international is now high in the Blues crosshairs.

While Arsenal negotiated with Lyon for Lacazette, the French club talked openly about signing Giroud but it was made clear by both player and Gunners boss, Arsène Wenger, that the striker’s future was in north London.

However, in today’s friendly in Sydney, the Gunners started with Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck leading the line, with Giroud a second half substitute after Lacazette had been introduced. It was a clear indication that Wenger viewed his bearded striker as fourth in the queue for a starting place.

With another tour game in Australia at the weekend before heading out to China to face Bayern Munich and Chelsea, Giroud must be thinking of a place at kick-off in those games or looking to move. It’s a World Cup year and anything less than regular football may see Giroud lose out to Lacazette for club and country.

Everton, West Ham, Marseille and AC Milan are also monitoring the situation.