Report: Ligue 1 giants in race to land Arsenal striker

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According to the front page of this morning’s L’Equipe, Lyon and Marseille are keen to bring Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud back to France.

The paper explains that Ligue 1 has become increasingly attractive given the number of highly-rated coaches currently working.

L’Equipe also claim that Arsenal want Monaco’s Thomas Lemar “at any price”, which isn’t the negotiating stance I’d advise any club to take when approaching a player. That tells Monaco to put a stupid price tag on the winger.

The Telegraph had reported that the failure of their initial offer would prompt the Gunners to renew their interest in Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, but I thought they wanted Lemar at any price?

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The same French paper also suggests that West Ham are ‘interested’ in signing Giroud, signalling that the striker is highly regarded in the current market even if he can’t get a place in the Arsenal starting eleven.

And with Arsene Wenger searching for a new striker this summer, it would make sense for the 30-year-old to move on with a World Cup taking place next year.

Giroud can seem a million miles away from the goal-a-game strikers, but he averaged a goal every 100 minutes in last season’s Premier League. Yet it is notable that he averaged one every 151 minutes in 2015-16 and one every 133 in 2014-15. The numbers are consistently impressive.

Wherever Giroud ends up before the new season kicks off, the Frenchman will be aiming to be part of the France squad that will surely qualify for Russia 2018.

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