Giroud urged to find playing solution

International Football

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has been told that he "has to play" otherwise his place in the France World Cup squad is in jeopardy.

The 31-year-old striker has made 11 Premier League appearances this season scoring three goals along the way, but has yet to start in England’s top-flight.

Conversely, he has started all five of the Gunners’ Europa League encounters, with two goals to his name in Europe’s second-tier competition.

The signing of fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for £53million has seen him slip down the league pecking order but, despite a lack of action, France boss Didier Deschamps has kept faith with the former Montpellier star and regularly included him in the national squad.

However, according to Deschamps’ assistant coach, Guy Stephan, that may not be the case any more unless he can secure more regular game time.

“It’s clear that he is not getting enough playing time and Didier has already spoken to him about it,” he told TF1. “He has to find a solution in the coming weeks.

“It’s up to him (if he goes on loan). He’s played very well in recent months with us. He has a very good goals-to-games ratio, but he now has to play.”