Arsene Wenger confirms striker search but insists Olivier Giroud will remain first choice

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The Arsenal manager will be looking to bring in another attacking option this summer but is set to keep faith with the Frenchman.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed to the BBC, as quoted by the London Evening Standard, that he will be looking to sign a striker in the summer transfer window but intends for Olivier Giroud to remain as his first-choice striker.

Giroud has attracted criticism this season for an inconsistent campaign which saw him go nearly four months without scoring a Premier League goal between mid-January and early May.

That period coincided with Arsenal's title challenge going up in smoke, and as a result of that, as well the serious injury struggles of Danny Welbeck, there has been a great deal of clamour for the Gunners to sign a striker this summer.

However, despite his troubles, Giroud ended the season in fine form, netting in the draw with Manchester City before hitting a hat-trick against bottom side Aston Villa in Sunday's final fixture.

That treble took his total for the season at club level to 24 from 52 appearances in all competitions, and though Wenger admitted the need to bolster his attacking options he insisted that Giroud can still be his first-choice forward next season.

When asked by the BBC if Giroud would be first pick up front next season, Wenger replied, as quoted by the Standard: "Yes. 

"I believe that Danny Welbeck being out now for a long, long time we will be on the road to look for one more striker. After that it's down to compete.

"Olivier has strong and weak moments so we have to deal with that. He is a bit unbelievable - he is in cycles. He scores in spells and then sometimes he scores less."

Arsenal have already been linked with a number of strikers from across Europe, with stars such as Inter Milan hotshot Mauro Icardi and Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez reportedly being monitored.

However, despite his patchy form, Giroud would perhaps feel chagrined to not be first choice next season, with his 16 Premier League goals this term representing his best top-flight return in England.

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