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OLIVIER GIROUD has been accused of blanking Alexandre Lacazette during Arsenal's pre-season win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

The France international joined the Gunners in a club-record £52million transfer from Lyon this summer, and has made a bright start by scoring one goal in two games so far in pre-season. Because for a centre-back he's pretty skillful'.

Sydney FC managed to test substitute keeper Martinez with a couple of shots on target in the second half but overall the EPL giant looked very comfortable all over the park.

As it happened, Welbeck missed the spot-kick, but Wenger felt the striker was wrong to try and score given it had been wrongly awarded. "We haven't come here for 40 years, so at least the players realise what support we have in Australia".

Leaving an exit open as an 'option' has caught the attention of the French media, with there seemingly a desire Giroud returns to Ligue 1.

And Wenger reckons that goal will be the first of many for Lacazette in an Arsenal shirt.

With the list of suitors growing on a daily basis, the same paper claims Borussia Dortmund are monitoring the situation closely as they face up to losing 28-year-old Patrick-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea.

Wenger signalled he'd use the Sky Blues game and Saturday's run against Western Sydney to experiment.

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Giroud and his representatives are now talking to numerous interested parties, and a number of clubs are keen.

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Speaking in the mixed zone afterwards, Giroud was giving little away when the prospect of a switch to Everton was put to him, saying: "I am still an Arsenal player for the moment and I want to prepare well for the new season".

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