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Arsenal could be forced to let go of Olivier Giroud in the second half of the season as the French striker risk missing the world cup due to lack of game time, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The Arsenal striker has been an important part of the France set-up under Didier Deschamps but has fallen out of the first-team picture at the Emirates Stadium.
Giroud has often started ahead of Alexandre Lacazette for Les Bleus but has slipped down the pecking order at the Gunners due to his compatriot’s £53million summer arrival in north London.
The 31-year-old has failed to start a single Premier League game this term, featuring only from kick-off in Europa League and League Cup matches.
Having only played 234 minutes in the top flight, Deschamps’ assistant Guy Stephane has warned Giroud he must find a solution to his lack of first-team football
‘It’s clear that he’s not playing enough and Didier has already had the chance to talk about it,’ Stephane told TF1. ‘He has to find a solution in the coming weeks.
‘It’s up to him to see. He’s been very good in the last couple of months, he’s featured a lot and scored important goals, so now he has to play a lot.’
Giroud had considered a move to Everton last summer but decided to remain at the Emirates Stadium where he arrived from Montpellier for £13m in 2012.