Wenger says Giroud ‘is an Arsenal man but needs to play’ as striker looks set for Chelsea

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Arsene Wenger has given a clear indication that Olivier Giroud will leave Arsenal later today.

Giroud looks likely to sign for Chelsea, who are keen to bring in a striker before the transfer window closes tonight.

Arsenal are expected to complete the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, paving the way for Giroud to move on.

It is also expected to result in Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi joining Dortmund on loan as a replacement for Aubameyang at the German club.

Giroud, 31, has been at Arsenal since 2012 and has made 180 Premier League appearances, scoring 79 goals.

He came on as a substitute in Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Swansea.

Asked it was likely to be Giroud’s final appearance for the club, Wenger said: “It’s a possibility. All that will be decided. We will inform you once that is more definite.”

Giroud’s first-team chances this season have been limited and he has long been tipped to move on during this month’s transfer window.

The Frenchman has been linked with several clubs in recent months, including West Ham.

Speaking at his post-match press conference after the Swansea game, Gunners boss Wenger added: “He’s an Arsenal man. After that he needs to play as well because he has not played many games in the Premier League since the start of the season.

“At the moment I don’t want to talk much about where he goes – if he goes, because that will be definitely decided. Nothing is concluded.”

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