Arsenal rejected several approaches for striker Olivier Giroud from other clubs this summer, according to the Mirror.
The tabloid reports numerous, as of yet unnamed, clubs have made enquiries regarding the French frontman, who has been in fine form at this summer’s Euros, scoring three goals.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is thought to have dismissed the offers, with the Gunners keen to strengthen, not deplete their forward line this summer as the club looks to mount a serious challenge for the title this season.
The striker, one of only seven players to score 50 Premier League goals for Arsenal, has been a key player for the north London outfit since making a £10 million move from Montpellier in 2012.
Giroud, was the club’s top scorer last season with 24 goals in all competitions, and despite Arsenal reportedly being interested in acquiring a new striker this summer, the Mirror go on to suggest that Giroud still has a key role to play in Wenger’s future plans.
The striker is currently preparing for the Euro 2016 final with France, in which he is expected to start against Portugal tomorrow night. Having scored ten goals in his last ten starts for France, the player has been almost ever present in the France starting lineup at the European Championships, omitted only for the last group game against Switzerland, with the hosts having already qualified for the knockout stages.
France, as hosts, have to live with big expectations, with recent history showcasing their love for playing at home, having swept to Euro 1984 success on home soil, and then repeating the feat at the World Cup 14 years later in 1998.
Giroud will be hoping these are good omens ahead of Sunday’s final against Portugal, when the host nation will be harbouring hopes of lifting the Henri Delaunay Cup for a third time.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena
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