Olivier Giroud confirms he doesn’t regret to stay at Arsenal; while Paul Merson warns Gunners midfielder to join AC Milan.
3. AC Milan a good choice for Jack Wilshere – Paul Merson
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has urged Jack Wilshere to leave North London at the end of the season and try his luck abroad at a club like AC Milan.
The 25-year-old reportedly turned down the chance to join the Italian giants in the summer of 2016, instead opting for a season-long loan with Bournemouth.
England boss Gareth Southgate has also warned the midfielder that he will not earn an international recall unless he is playing regularly, meaning a likely Emirates Stadium exit in the eyes of Merson.
“I don’t think Jack is a ten,” he told Sky Sports News. “I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. You’d have to ask Arsene [Wenger] why that was. [Southgate] has called up Jack Cork, who I like and think is a good player, but Jack Wilshere has got to move.”
“It is alright Arsene Wenger saying a fit Jack Wilshere gets in the England team, but you have to play for Arsenal. But at the same time, [Jesse] Lingard has started less games than Wilshere. The way he plays, I think going abroad probably suits him and his game, otherwise he is going to go to a relegation-battling team, and that is not his game.”
“He needs to get on the ball and play football and be in a team that really are going to have a lot more of the ball than not. So probably abroad to an AC Milan or somewhere like that.”
2. No regrets about staying at Arsenal – Olivier Giroud
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has insisted that he has no regrets about staying at Arsenal, despite being eclipsed as the club’s main striker.
Former Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette joined the Gunners for £52m in the summer and has made a bright start to life at the Emirates.
Giroud’s playing time in North London has since been restricted. But the striker has kept his place in the France national team.
“I am not questioning myself about my future, I am happy at Arsenal and I am fine with the decision to stay because I want to,” Giroud told The Telegraph.
“I am thinking that the story between the club and myself was not over and not finished. We will see what happens but I am happy at Arsenal for the moment.”
“Arsene’s always supporting me and there is a lot of trust in each other. I keep believing in my quality and I keep the faith. I have a lot of objectives with Arsenal and my country so I always try to move forward and keep scoring.”
1. Arsenal injury blow? Olivier Giroud withdraws from France squad
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has withdrawn from the France squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Germany in Cologne.
The 31-year-old, injured in Friday evening’s 2-0 win over Wales in Paris, underwent tests in Rambouillet on Saturday.
Giroud was shown to have suffered a right thigh strain, the French Football Federation confirmed on its website on Sunday.
He has returned to his club, who host Tottenham in the north London derby in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.