Marseille rule out swoop for Olivier Giroud

Marseille rule out swoop for Giroud
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Marseille rule themselves out of the race to sign Arsenal target Olivier Giroud.

Marseille have ruled themselves out of the race to sign Montpellier's Olivier Giroud.

The free-scoring French international has been linked with Arsenal, but the Gunners face stiff competition for his signature from a host of top European clubs.

However, Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has tipped the prolific forward to remain at Montpellier.

He told French Television station OMTV: "This is a player who wants to play in the Champions League next season and it seems we are not going to get there.

"That is why I do not believe we have any chance to sign him. I don't believe he will leave France this summer because he will want to play with Montpellier in the Champions League."

Giroud is the leading goalscorer in Ligue 1 this season, and found himself among the goals in this evening's 3-1 win at Marseille.

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