Olivier Giroud under pressure to leave Arsenal

French assistant coach warns Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud World Cup place under threat due to lack of game time

Olivier Giroud urged to leave Arsenal in January or risk missing a spot in France's World Cup squad

France boss Didier Deschamps has warned Olivier Giroud that he needs to play more regularly if he is to keep his place in France's squad for the 2018 World Cup, according to assistant manager Guy Stephan. Giroud turned down advances from Marseille, Everton, and West Ham United to stay with Arsenal, a decision he still appeared content with less than a month ago. He has been in our second-string Cup teams, but has failed to actually start any of our League games.

Peru pose an unknown threat for Giroud, but he has already sought advice from Arsenal's Colombia global David Ospina.

The striker will no doubt be desperate to play in the World Cup, too, which will likely be his last opportunity given his age, and with the attacking talent available to Deschamps he can not afford to spend the season sat on the bench.

Should Sam Allardyce be as interested as Ronald Koeman was, then it's certainly worth Everton finding out if a move, whether loan or permanent, is feasible in January.

Giroud has been crucial for France in recent years and has led the line in Karim Benzema’s absence
Giroud has been crucial for France in recent years and has led the line in Karim Benzema’s absence

Stephan, Didier Deschamps' long-time assistant, explained Giroud - who has a healthy return of 29 goals for his country - may have to leave the Emirates Stadium in January to ensure he does not miss out. That's up to him.

The 31-year-old marksman led the line for France in the last major global tournament, Euro 2016.

Giroud has scored five goals in 20 Arsenal appearances this season and revealed his frustrations after coming off the bench to score against Huddersfield. Giroud could feature for Arsenal on Thursday night, as they take on BATE Borisov in their final Europa League group stage clash.

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