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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out the sale of French striker Olivier Giroud this summer despite reports linking with a move away from the Emirate Stadium.
The Gunners have already secured the services of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon this summer putting Giroud future at the club in doubt ahead of next season.
However, the reports claim Wenger is refusing to sell Olivier Giroud until he has a clearer idea of whether Alexis Sanchez will stay or if Monaco can be persuaded to sell Thomas Lemar.
Giroud has been heavily linked with a move to Everton, West Ham and AC Milan this summer with The Toffees reportedly in pole position.
Olivier Giroud had hinted he would consider his position at the club based on how much first-team football he thought he would get in a World Cup year.
Wenger has made it clear he expects the 30-year-old to challenge new signing Alexandre Lacazette for a starting berth.
“We extended his (Giroud’s) contract last year,” said Wenger, after touching down in Sydney for the club’s preseason tour.
“Our resolution is clear. He’s been great value to the squad and I think he is a great lover of the club. He’s always been very determined to stay.
“It’s always the same problem – when you have one striker people ask ‘why don’t buy another?’ and when you have two or three they say they will be unhappy because there is too much competition. That’s part of the job.
“We are in a job where we are very lucky to do what we love but it is competitive job and that means the players have to accept competition and my decisions as well, unfortunately.”