Giroud 'ultimatum' could pave the way for Arsenal to sign £20m striker

Arsenal's chances of signing Mario Mandzukic could be far greater if reports of an ultimatum for Olivier Giroud are accurate.

News broke yesterday that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly been handed an ultimatum by his wife; leave London and move back to France or leave me.

The ultimatum comes following allegations that the Arsenal forward had an affair with a model and seemingly desperate to save his marriage, he could head back to France to salvage his personal life.

“She's agreed to take him back, but only on the condition they leave London and England. He's desperate to save the marriage because he knows how stupid he's been - so he is going along with what she wants,” a source told the Sun on Sunday.

That would leave a gaping great hole in the Arsenal attack because Giroud has been in great form this season; 12 goals and seven assists so far in the Premier League.

However, should he leave then it could force and enable Arsene Wenger into going all out to try and sign Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatian has been in even better form than Giroud this season with 17 goals and four assists so far to go with his 15 goals and single assist from last season.

With Robert Lewandowski coming in at Bayern Munich this summer, it’s being widely reported that Mandzukic will look for football away from the Allianz Arena with his position at the German and European champions undermined.

Arsenal could afford the reported fee of £20 million which is doing the rounds and Mandzukic has a number of characteristics which make him ideal as a potential Arsenal player.

He’s developed in a very successful side, which has been based around the same main ideas as Arsenal; slick passing football and sensible tactical play.

There is a real chance Wenger can guide Arsenal to a domestic double by the end of this season, which will means it will be important for any players coming in over the summer to have a very recent and fresh winning mentality.

Wenger would of course prefer to have both Giroud and Mandzukic but if the reports of Giroud’s ultimatum are true then his exit could prompt the signing of a striker who could lead Arsenal to silverware for several years.

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