Giroud staying with Arsenal, says agent
STRIKER Olivier Giroud is likely to remain with Arsenal, his agent Michael Manuello said, playing down speculation linking the France international with a move to Italy's Napoli.
Uncertainty surrounding the 29-year-old's future intensified after British media suggested that he had been included in a deal to bring Napoli's Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain to the Emirates Stadium.
Manager Arsene Wenger failed to sign Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy, and Manuello suggested that any incoming striker would be a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck, not Giroud.
"Everything I've read on Giroud is not true. I personally have only said that if Arsenal want to sell, then we will see," Manuello told London's Evening Standard.
"I do not know where (the Napoli story) came from. We never talked to Naples and there are no other persons appointed over me that can do this - we need to clarify this."
Arsenal begin their new campaign on Aug 14 when they host Liverpool.