Arsenal are ready to arrange the sale of Olivier Giroud this summer after Arsene Wenger decided he wants to pursue other avenues and feels 'let down' by the France international.
That is according to the Daily Mail, who claim that a number of the Gunners' first team stars could be moved on when the transfer window reopens, but Giroud being a part of those is perhaps the most surprising. The report claims Wenger has been left feeling 'let down' by his compatriot following revelations about his private life and accusations of extra-marital affairs taking place before matches.
Wenger has seen his side go from Premier League title contenders to battling just to stay in the top four following a run of just two victories in nine matches. Much of this poor form has been put down to a long injury list, but Giroud has also come in for a lot of criticism after looking well off the pace in recent weeks.
The former Montpellier star has been the only viable centre-forward option for Arsenal this season after Wenger's failure to sign another striker last summer, which has left Giroud's shortcomings exposed against the bigger sides. Calls to sign another top class striker in January were ignored and that, combined with the injury crisis, looks like it could do serious damage to their season.
The report claims Giroud could follow the likes of captain Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal andLukas Podolski in being sold by Arsenal this summer. It also claims that the reasons for the striker being sold are down to the fact that Wenger is on the look out for at least two additions to his attacking ranks, which are likely to leave Giroud struggling for playing time.
Giroud has perhaps been a touch unfortunate in Arsenal's failure to bring in someone to rival or compliment him in attack, as he has been forced to play nearly every match this season and is looking extremely tired. It is a vicious circle as tiredness affects performances, leading to criticisms from spectators, which in turn can knock his confidence and make a turnaround in form more difficult.