Speaking to L’Equipe Oliver Giroud has said that he may have to consider leaving Arsenal in January in order to maintain his World Cup ambitions.

Giroud is yet to start in a Premier League game this season as he is behind summer signing Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order. The France international has said that the World Cup is always in the back of his mind and that each time he takes to the pitch “it’s to be more clinical and keep on track for the World Cup.”

His national team boss Didier Deschamps has advised him against leaving Arsenal but he still says that it is something he is considering, During international get-togethers, the coach usually warns me against that. He has told me the things he wanted to tell me, which is totally logical and I understand. He wants me to play more. If I wasn’t able to leave this summer, it was because of the opportunities I had.”

He said that finding a solution won’t be easy but that he will be looking at all of his options.

While he may not have started this season he has still had a major impact on the team, just this weekend he scored an 88th minute equaliser in the match with Southampton. It was his fourth league goal of the season and together with his three goals in six Europa League games, it means that his goals-to-minutes ratio is still impressive.

Wenger has said that Giroud is not for sale and that he will be given more playing time over the next few weeks, “He will start more games. I believe as well it’s always the same when you have many good players, some of them cannot play.”