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Arsenal's $54m-rated wants a loan move in the January transfer window


According to reports, Olivier Giroud wants to leave Arsenal on loan in the January transfer window as he fears being left out of French's World Cup squad due to his lack playing time at the Emirates Stadium.

The 31-year-old Frenchman is yet to start a league game for Arsene Wenger's side this season, with club-record summer signing Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him in the pecking order.

The Sunday Mirror says the former Montpellier star will consider joining another team in London on loan until the end of the season as he does not want to disrupt his family.

West Ham United and Crystal Palace are among the teams who could pursue a deal for the striker when the transfer window reopens in January, the Sunday Mirror adds.

"Olivier does not want to disturb and uproot his family," a source close to Giroud told the Mirror.

"Ideally, he wants to stay but he needs football – there are options in London for him."

Last week, France assistant coach Guy Stephan warned the Frenchman that he could miss out of the World Cup squad if he does not play regularly for his club in the second half of the season.

"It's clear that he is not getting enough playing time and [France coach] Didier [Deschamps] has already spoken to him about it," Stephan was reported as saying by Eurosport.

"He has a very good goals-to-games ratio, but he now has to play."

Girould was so close to leaving the Emirates for Everton in a £40m ($54m) transfer last summer but was convinced to stay put at the Emirates by the team boss.

French sides Lyon and Marseille were also reported to be interested in the striker, who has scored three times in the Premier League for Arsenal.

The Gunners are 15 points behind current league leaders Manchester City in sixth. Arsenal next Premier League fixtures is coming up against West Ham United on Wednesday at the London Stadium.

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