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striker Olivier Giroud acknowledged the reported interest shown in him
by Marseille, but insisted that he has no intention of leaving London.
The 30-year old hitman, fresh off scoring a hat-trick in France's 5 -
0 demolition of Paraguay on Friday, was the subject of fresh transfer
speculation less than 24 hours later, with reports emerging that
Olympique Marseille were lining up a bid to tempt him away from a club
that afforded him very few opportunities this past season.
However, despite any frustration Giroud may be feeling over having
dropped down the pecking order at the Emirates, he was quick to declare
his commitment to Arsenal's upcoming season.
"I'm not necessarily insensible to the approaches of French clubs," he told Telefoot. "Especially a legendary club like Marseille.
"My future is at Arsenal," he continued. "We're continuing with what
we've been building for several years. Now, we're going to challenge for
the Premier League. It's my goal, it's our goal."
The player, who started only 11 Premier League matches for Arsene
Wenger this season, may well be taking the likely departure of Arsenal's
star striker, Alexi Sanchez, into account when considering his future.
With the Gunners unable to offer the Chilean forward Champions League
action next season and the likes of Bayern Munich reportedly on the
verge of making a sizeable offer for his signature, Giroud could well be
feeling that the upcoming campaign has more in store for him.