Olivier Giroud celebrates Golazo v Red Star Belgrade

Olivier Giroud warned that he must leave Arsenal in January

The assistant head coach of the French national team Guy Stephane has warned Olivier Giroud that he must leave Arsenal in January.

The 31-year-old has fallen behind fellow countryman Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order at the Emirates, limiting his playing time.

Ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia, Giroud has been warned not to run the risk of losing his French spot becasue of limited game time.

France’s attacking options

As it has been well documented on numerous occasions, the French national team are well stocked in the attacking department.

This would mean that Giroud would have to fight off competition from Lacazette, Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Kingsley Coman.

 234 minutes

Giroud has managed just 234 minutes of Premier League football so far this season.

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In that short space of time, he has netted an impressive three goals.

However, according to Didier Deschamps’ assistant, this is not enough.

“Find a solution”

Guy Stephane has challenged the former Montpellier forward to secure more minutes ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Stephane revealed that the issue is something Giroud has already discussed with Deschamps, suggesting Giroud may well take action.

Stephane told TF1:

“It’s clear that he’s not playing enough and Didier has already had the chance to talk about it.

He has to find a solution in the coming weeks.

It’s up to him to see.

He’s been very good in the last couple of months, he’s featured a lot and scored important goals, so now he has to play a lot.”

Everton bound?

With the Frenchman potentially seeking pastures new, the Toffees may revitalise their interest in the Arsenal man.

Everton had expressed their desire to bring Giroud to Meyerside, only for the player to turn them down.

With the potential to impress under Everton’s new leadership in Sam Allardyce, the 31-year-old may reconsider this time around.