Some say he’s fantastic, others say he’s overrated. Either way, it seems Olivier Giroud may not be an Arsenal striker for much longer.
Giroud scored the winning goal in the Emirates FA Cup Final last month, but only 17 of his 40 appearances last season came from the start.
And amid reports that the Frenchman has been allowed to leave the Gunners in search of first team football, our traders have priced up the likely destinations.
We make West Ham United market leaders at 3/1.
Andy Carroll is the Hammers’ only recognised striker at the London Stadium, and they could use some quality signings after a dismal campaign last term.
Marseille are second in the betting at 9/2, and Giroud is no stranger to the south of France having spent two seasons with Montpellier.
It’s 5/1 he moves to Lyon, and there could be something in that if the 30-year-old wishes to return home, with Lyon just an hour away from where he grew up.
Any move could depend on the future of Alexandre Lacazette however, with the striker still looking to leave the club this summer.
Everton are the second Premier League club in contention at 6/1, although as they move closer to the signing of Malaga’s Sandro, it looks unlikely they’ll move for Giroud unless Romelu Lukaku leaves.
It’s not unthinkable he could join the Magpies. Benitez has been given money to spend and they need Premier League experience up top.
Giroud has made 226 competitive appearances for Arsenal, scoring 98 goals since joining the club in 2012.
Ladbrokes Latest Betting:
Olivier Giroud next club
West Ham – 3/1
Marseille – 9/2
Lyon – 5/1
Everton – 6/1
Sevilla – 7/1
Newcastle – 8/1
Inter Milan – 10/1
AC Milan – 14/1
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing