Arsenal’s decision to keep Olivier Giroud was great business, says Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard believes keeping Olivier Giroud was one of Arsenal’s best decisions during the summer transfer window.
The France international was wanted by Lyon and Everton but Arsene Wenger did not allow the striker to be sold, despite signing Alexandre Lacazette for a club-record fee.
Giroud is yet to start a Premier League game this season but Lampard believes the 31-year-old is a ‘great asset’ in Arsenal’s squad.
‘One of the best things to happen to Arsenal during the summer transfer window was Olivier Giroud staying at the club,’ Lampard told the Evening Standard.
‘Giroud came close to joining Everton, something which has made the headlines again due to Ronald Koeman getting the sack at Goodison Park and blaming missing out on the France international as a big reason why things didn’t work out this season.
‘While I’m not sure if it was the be all and end all for Koeman’s demise, it’s already proved great business for Arsenal to have kept him.
‘Giroud is their Plan B, he can even still be their Plan A on occasion. This is not meant to sound disrespectful. I like Giroud, he has a lot of quality.
‘Importantly, he gives them a different option to the other attacking players they’ve got. It is a great asset to have in your squad.
‘He can be a presence, hold the ball up and bring others into play, he can help Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and so on.’
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