Olivier Giroud will stay at Arsenal – agent

Olivier Giroud is unlikely to leave Arsenal this summer, according to his agent Michael Manuello.

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Uncertainty has surrounded the 29-year-old’s future, with reports suggesting he could be on his way to Napoli whose Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain may be heading to the Emirates Stadium.

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Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger failed to sign Jamie Vardy from Leicester City during pre-season and Manuello believes any incoming striker would be a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck, not for Giroud.

Manuello, who previously stated Napoli’s style of play would suit his client, told London’s Evening Standard: “Everything I’ve read on Giroud is not true.

“I personally have only said that if Arsenal want to sell, then we will see.

“I do not know where the [Napoli] story came from. We never talked to Naples and there are no other persons appointed over me that can do this – we need to clarify this.

“You always need two strikers and Welbeck is out for nine months, unfortunately. But if you play in a great team, it is natural that we could face strong competition.”

 

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