(Or, frankly, by Wayne Rooney).
In their pursuit of a new big body to lead the line, Everton have made no secret of their desire to procure the services of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
So when the Gunners spent a pretty penny to bring in Alexandre Lacazette (Giroud’s national understudy), the assumption was that Giroud would be on his way out as he presumably sought a team that could assure playing time in this most important of World Cup years.
So with Everton lurking in the shadows ready to pounce, a union between the mercurial French striker and the Toffees not only seemed to make sense, it seemed darn near inevitable.
Then, after taking Giroud with the team on a trip to Australia, Arsene Wenger spoke up about where his fellow Frenchman stood in his plans, and needless to say it wasn’t great news for Everton fans hoping to see Giroud at Goodison next season.
In a story by the Independent, Wenger expressed his desire for the forward to stay and battle for a place in the side.
“We extended his (Giroud’s) contract last year.
“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.
While the addition of Lacazette was thought to make Giroud expendable, the possible loss of Alexis Sanchez means that the new signing from Lyon may be a wide option as opposed to a central striker, and according to Wenger he needs options.
So to him, giving up Giroud to reduce perceived conflicts at striker just causes him another problem.
“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.
Finally, if you are an Everton fan hoping Arsene might find some kindness in his heart and let Giroud head north from London to Merseyside, it certainly doesn’t seem like he is too concerned with the players views on the situation.
“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.”
Well Toffees fans, what do you think? Is Arsene just posturing as he moves his own pieces around in his first season outside of the Champions League since before Ademola Lookman was born? Or is Giroud really out of the picture for Everton?