Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Cannot Afford to Lose Olivier Giroud

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2013

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on April 6, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are having a hard time bringing in players this summer. The last thing they need is to lose valuable parts of the squad as well.

According to Charles Perrin of the Daily Express, this is something that could happen:

Valencia are weighing up a move for Arsenal's Olivier Giroud as a replacement for the seemingly outbound Roberto Soldado. Spurs are closing in on a £26m move for Soldado after meeting his buyout clause.

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, who has a close link with Los Che, have firmly fixed their sights on Giroud.

Fortunately, it seems as though Arsenal are rejecting any move for Olivier Giroud, according to Gary Jones of the Daily Star:

Arsenal have rejected a loan deal for striker Olivier Giroud, according to reports in France. Arsenal are said to have replied by saying Giroud is too important to the first team to let out on loan.

This is the correct response for the club not only now but also even if the club is able to add another forward. The idea that he is "too important to the first team" should not change even with someone like Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney.

While the French player was inconsistent last season, he showed plenty of potential in his first year in the Premier League. After scoring 21 goals for Montpellier in 2011-12, he managed 11 in league play this season for Arsenal to go with three assists.

Additionally, it is important to note that he scored six goals with seven assists in other competitions for the club, including the Champions League, the Capitol One Cup and the FA Cup. 

It often takes some time for even experienced players to get acclimated to the EPL. Still, Giroud's ability gives reason to believe that better days are in the future, especially when you compare his numbers to Suarez.

Suarez went on to finish second in the league this past season with 23 goals. 

This does not necessarily mean he will become one of the top scorers in the league, but he has done extremely well this preseason, and some improvement should be expected. 

Add in another year to jell with Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and others, and the offense should be as good as almost anyone else's in the league.

Fans are obviously still hoping for a big-time transfer as someone who can get 20 goals next season. However, the club might have that already on the squad in Giroud.

No matter what type of offer opposing squads give Arsenal for the remainder of the transfer window, it will be important to keep turning them down. Otherwise, the squad will regret it in the future.

Finally, it is clear that Arsenal do not need the money. The club came into the offseason claiming to have the money to spend on topflight players, and the lack of action so far means that it clearly does not need any more in the transfer fund. 

Selling a first-team player, or even sending him out on loan, would be an unnecessary move that would only hurt the squad's chances next season.

The club is doing the right move by rejecting any inquiry, but this mindset must continue going forward.

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