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Arsenal transfer report: Olivier Giroud wanted by Borussia Dortmund as replacement for ‘Chelsea-bound’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has emerged as a target for German giants Borussia Dortmund.

There is some uncertainty over the French forward’s future at the Emirates Stadium following the £52million arrival of countryman Alexandre Lacazette.

Reports this summer have linked Giroud with moves to West Ham, Everton and Marseille.

But now Borussia Dortmund have reportedly entered the race, as they hunt for a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon striker has been one of the Bundesliga’s top stars since joining Dortmund in 2013 – scoring 85 league goals in four seasons with the club.

Aubameyang has been linked with a host of top clubs but latest reports claim Chelsea are set to win the race for the £65m-rated hitman.

France international Giroud wants regular first-team football this season ahead of next season’s World Cup and recently conceded he may have to leave Arsenal to get it.

And it seems the 30-year-old may get his wish, with Dortmund said to be keen on landing the reliable striker if star man Aubameyang leaves.

Speaking at the Gunners’ pre-season tour of Australia, Giroud said: “It [leaving] is an option to be honest with you.

“I’m here in pre-season, I wanted to travel. Some people asked me if I am going to travel or not. I am an Arsenal player and for the moment I am here. I just want to prepare well for the season and we will see later.

“But it is true that I really enjoyed my five years with Arsenal. I try to be professional. No matter what happens, I did my job on the pitch.

“I had an amazing welcome from the fans and from the club and it has been five amazing years for me.

“I won’t forget it, no matter what happens. We will see about my future.”

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