Will Olivier Giroud heed World Cup warning and swap Arsenal for Everton at last?

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

France coaches are concerned that Giroud isn't playing enough ahead of the World Cup - so he might hope an Everton move is still on the cards.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal FC at Rajko Mitic Stadium on October 19, 2017 in...

Olivier Giroud insisted this summer that his story with Arsenal was not over yet. But the last few chapters look like being a bit of a heavy read.

Because his decision to reject a move to Everton in favour of remaining at The Emirates doesn’t look a particularly good one right now, as reported by The Independent.

The Frenchman was unhappy with starting just 11 Premier League games last season but he’d be lucky to get even halfway to that tally in 2017/18. So far, Giroud has featured 12 times in the top flight with all of his appearences coming from the substitute’s bench.

And Giroud could hardly have lost his place at a worse time with the World Cup looming large on the horizon. It is understood that France boss Didier Deschamps, who has stood by the striker even when the national team's fans were getting on his back, is concerned about his lack of game time in the year leading up to Russia 2018.

France's head coach Didier Deschamps gives a press conference in Clairefontaine en Yvelines on October 2, 2017, as part of the team's preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying...

This is opinion France’s assistant coach, Guy Stephan, appears to share.

“Didier has had the opportunity to talk to him about it and now Olivier has to find a solution in the weeks to come,” Stephan said in quotes reported by Sky Sports. "A loan deal in January? That's up to him.

"Olivier has been very good for us in the last few months and he has a very high ratio in terms of the amount of games played to goals but now he must play more."

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on October 28, 2017 in London, England.

Everton are still on the search for a striker of course and Giroud would appear a perfect fit for new Toffees boss Sam Allardyce, a man whose famously direct style has frequently got the best out of aerially-powerful targetmen.

And there’s little doubting that Giroud would be the undisputed first-choice centre-forward at Everton – which is far more than can be said of his standing at Arsenal right now.

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