France boss Didier Deschamps has warned Olivier Giroud that he needs to play more regularly if he is to keep his place in France's squad for the 2018 World Cup, according to assistant manager Guy Stephan.
"It's clear that he is not getting enough playing time and Didier has already spoken to him about it. He has to find a solution in the coming weeks.
"A departure? It is up to him. He's been very good in the past, [for France] and he's played a lot of games and scored very important goals, so now he has to play."
Giroud has typically kept Alexandre Lacazette out of the French side, but at Arsenal it has been the other way round this season since the latter arrived from Lyon in the summer.
The former was heavily linked with a move to Everton in the wake of Romelu Lukaku's departure but opted to stay at the Emirates Stadium. According to Jones, the Toffees will be pursuing strikers once again in January.
Bleacher Report's James McNicholas was glad he stayed at Arsenal and praised him when he reached a significant milestone for the club against BATE Borisov in September:
I unapologetically want Giroud to stay. Big man, big character, very useful player.2017-7-14 19:22:59
100 goals in 238 games for Giroud. Pretty decent for £12m.2017-9-28 18:07:44
He hasn't started a single Premier League match this season, though, having only been given extended run-outs in the UEFA Europa League and the Carabao Cup.
The 31-year-old scored twice against Huddersfield Town in Arsenal's 5-0 win in November to take his tally to five goals for the season.
Goal's Chris Wheatley shared the numbers behind his 45-minute cameo, which was the longest appearance he has made in the league this season:
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Olivier Giroud vs. Huddersfield https://t.co/ZHaNn36MCY2017-11-29 21:54:51
Giroud is undoubtedly a useful option for Arsenal to have. He can give the Gunners another dimension thanks to his height and physicality, and while his goal record may not place him among the top hitmen in world football, it's not to be dismissed either.
He could easily be starting every week elsewhere, though, particularly at a club like Everton who have often lacked a focal point in their attack now Lukaku is gone.
The striker will no doubt be desperate to play in the World Cup, too, which will likely be his last opportunity given his age, and with the attacking talent available to Deschamps he cannot afford to spend the season sat on the bench.
Unless Giroud receives some assurances that his playing time will improve in the second half of the season, it would not be a surprise if he were to consider any offers that come in for him in January.