Wenger Admits Giroud Is Close To Leaving Arsenal

Arsenal manager has just dropped the biggest hint yet that forward Olivier Giroud is set to leave the club where he has been since 2013.

Wenger introduced Giroud as a late substitute in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Swansea and the French international went over to the away end at the end to say what looked like a goodbye.

Speaking after the match, the manager paid tribute to Giroud’s professionalism and what he has done for the Gunners during his stay.

“It’s a tribute to Olivier yes because he is a guy who gave great service to the club, never let us down on the commitment front and saved us many times. I have absolutely no doubt, when I ask him if he is ready to commit and he says yes,’’ said Wenger

“I have no problem with that and put him on because it was needed. Unfortunately he couldn’t help us. It was a difficult situation for him but he always had his heart 100 per cent in the team and was committed.

“He’s an Arsenal man, after that he needs to play as well because he has not played many games in the Premier League since the start of the season. He’s a regular player in the French national team. He has a World Cup where France will go, places of course are difficult to get.”

Chelsea have reportedly agreed an £18 million move for the 31-year-old, as the Gunners look to secure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £55.4m. Michy Batshuayi is also expected to make a loan swicth to Dortmund as part of the transfer merry-go-round.

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