Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil Rumours

Gill ClarkFeatured Columnist IOctober 1, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is no longer a target for Everton, while Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has said he does not expect the Gunners to allow Mesut Ozil to leave in January.

According to James Benson of the Daily Star, Toffees manager Ronald Koeman will not renew his interest in the France international this winter despite still wanting to strengthen his attack.

Everton are instead set to see how their current squad perform over the next few months and will not pursue the Gunners forward.

Giroud said recently that he did come close to leaving Arsenal in the summer but that he wanted to stay and win more trophies, per Mark Mann-Bryans at The Independent.

The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon has increased competition for places up front for Arsenal.

As such, Giroud has yet to manage a Premier League start for the Gunners this season but has featured seven times, per WhoScored.com.

The striker has been a starter in both the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Europa League, and he was on target in the win over BATE Borisov on Thursday.

The goal was a landmark strike by the Frenchman, as noted by Opta:

Despite his reduced role, Giroud remains a key figure for Arsenal. His aerial ability and link-up play add another dimension to the attack, and he is also able to contribute vital goals.

Meanwhile, Inter have played down talk of a move for Ozil, with Ausilio having said he does not expect him to be available, per Premium Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com).

"We are studying our squad, we are scouts everywhere and they look at every kind of player," he said. "I don't think players like him [Ozil] will be leaving in January. Spalletti knows this team has room from improvement; that's what we are working on."

Inter president Erick Thohir had previously said the Serie A side were looking at signing Ozil in January, per Liam Prenderville at the Mirror

Ozil has been left out of Germany's latest squad for their forthcoming FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers due to a knee injury and also missed Sunday's clash with Brighton & Hove Albion with the issue.

Injury data analyst Ben Dinnery described the problem:

The German tends to divide supporters due to his languid playing style, but his creativity and ability to provide assists make him a key player.

The club will surely want to keep Ozil, but if he fails to sign a contract extension, they may have to consider selling to avoid him leaving for free next summer.