Olivier Giroud facing Arsenal axe this summer

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Olivier Giroud is facing the prospect of being sold by Arsenal this summer as Arsene Wenger prepares to wield the axe on the under-performing first-team star.

According to The Sun on Sunday, the France international has fallen out of favour with the Gunners boss and will be allowed to leave north London when the transfer window reopens.

Giroud was omitted from the starting line-up for Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final clash against Wigan Athletic at Wembley on Saturday, with Yaya Sanogo the preferred selection at the focal point of attack.

The Premier League giants made hard work of seeing off the holders, but booked their place in the final following a penalty shoot-out victory, with the 27-year-old striker netting one of the decisive spot-kicks after coming on late in the game.

However, Giroud's performance is unlikely to repair his relationship with Wenger, who feels he's been let-down by the former Montpellier man after he was caught with a woman in the team's hotel the night before a game earlier this year.

The revelation also put strain on the Frenchman's relationship with wife Jennifer, and has proved to be an unwanted distraction for the Gunners striker, whose form has dipped significantly in the second half of 2013/14.

Arsenal are believed to be willing to let Giroud leave the Emirates in a £17million deal, which would represent £4million profit from what they paid to bring him to England two years ago.

Despite the ill-feeling towards him, Giroud remains Arsenal's top scorer this season with 19 goals in all competitions, but don't be surprised to see him part ways in the summer with a return to France the most likely outcome.

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