Chelsea ace Olivier Giroud open to Arsenal transfer in January

Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud would be open to returning to Arsenal in the future.

The Frenchman left the Gunners in search of silverware, signing for London rivals Chelsea in 2018.

Giroud has since lost his place in the first-team and now appears surplus to requirements under Frank Lampard.

Arsenal are facing a battle to keep a striker of their own, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang eyes a summer exit.

The Gabonese forward will enter the final year of his contract at the end of the season.

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And Ian McGarry believes Giroud could be the man that replaces him either next month or in the middle of 2020.

“Now, that would mean Arsenal are short of a striker,” he said on the Transfer Window Podcast when discussing Aubameyang’s potential exit.

“Who do you go for? Oh look, there’s Olivier Giroud over at Chelsea, he’s a former Arsenal player, he knows the team, he knows the club, maybe he would be open to coming back.

“It’s not the biggest stretch of imagination and I understand that Giroud would be open to moving back to Arsenal and staying in London.”

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But Chelsea are also said to be keen on swapping Giroud for Lyon star Moussa Dembele.

“That wouldn’t necessarily affect Chelsea’s interest in Dembele. Dembele’s valued at around €60m, they certainly have that money to spend,” McGarry added.

“Of course they had no incomings last summer because of the transfer ban which has now been lifted, so Chelsea are willing to spend.

Arsenal could make a move for former striker Olivier Giroud
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“I believe Lampard would not be averse to letting Giroud going to Arsenal, after all they allowed David Luiz to go there last summer just at the end of the transfer window.

“There’s reasonable relations between the clubs so there’s no history that would prevent them selling Giroud to Arsenal.

“He’s going to be…