Former Gunners player Robert Pires has asked his compatriot Olivier Giroud to remain at the Emirates Stadium past this summer amid reports that the former Ligue 1 star might exit the club.
Even before the addition of Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, there were rumours that the Frenchman might leave Arsenal soon.
The player had a mixed performance last term and with the options that Arsene Wenger now has or is working towards having, then Giroud would get more bench time. Wenger is focused on ending his Premier League title drought this term so he wants to retain his best legs like Giroud.
Pires is in agreement that Giroud should not be allowed to leave the club if Arsenal want to lift the title next year. The France football legend added that Alexis Sanchez should not be sold off as well.
“If he [Giroud] stays, it is great news for Arsene Wenger. Now we have four strikers which is important for making the squad competitive. The objective now for Arsenal is to lift the Premier League trophy and in order to do that, you need to have a lot of strikers in your team,” Pires explained. Read More
Arsene Wenger has opened up on Ramsey’s injury as the player remains on the sidelines.
The Arsenal boss said the Welsh midfielder will remain sidelined for sometime as he is working on his match fitness.
“Ramsey will not be available. I’m disappointed because he has worked very hard and he had a few little setbacks that forced us to be cautious with him, said Wenger.
The Gunners seem to have handled the absence of the Euro 2016 well enough, but fans are anxious for his return to action at least to provide depth.
“Next week will also come too early. We have decided that we will give him a complete pre season now, even if he misses more games,” Wenger added.
On Barcelona and Manchester City trying to lure Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin away from the Emirates, Wenger said:
“Of course his future is at Arsenal. That’s why I’m surprised by the speculation. He has nearly three years to go [on Bellerin’s current contract] and we always try get the players to the level where we think they deserve to be.”
Senior squad member at Arsenal, Santi Cazorla also waded into the issue, providing useful advice for Bellerin and other young players.
Arsenal has received an injury boost with the news that Danny Welbeck will be back in the team by Christmas.
The England striker has been injured since the end of last season, and there were fears that the player could have missed the whole of this season. This will be great news for Arsenal as they are currently short on striking power and would welcome the news.
Arsene Wenger made the announcement in a press conference before the weekend matches. The manager said that Welbeck is a valuable member of the team and that his return will add a much-needed boost at the front for Arsenal. He said initially it was expected that the player would be out until next April, but a recent test has revealed that the player is healing faster than expected and that he will be back by Christmas.
On the other hand, Arsenal will be missing Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi until the next international break. Both players were injured in the defeat against Liverpool and will need at least 2-3 weeks treatment before being able to play again in the first team. He said that the injuries are down to the fact that the players did not have enough time to recover after their participation at the Euros.