With the news that Arsenal football club have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for the sale of want away striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, their is a delicate game of dominos being played in the January transfer window.
Dortmund are reluctant to let the Gabonese international go without having a replacement sorted, Michy Batshuayi has caught their eye but the Belgian strikers availability depends on whether Chelsea can secure Giroud's signature.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) January 29, 2018
Naturally enough Arsenal fans are not happy with the prospect of seeing another player head to a top four rival and have been venting about the Frenchman's proposed move:
I just don’t want to send a player of Giroud’s quality to a Top 4 rival.
Alexis to United was bad enough, but please not twice in a single window!
— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) January 29, 2018
I just think I’m not ready to let him go. #Giroud
— JD (@JamieDalton82) January 29, 2018
One user had an ominous warning for the club should Giroud move:
— EC (@ec_2991) January 29, 2018
@Nilstar is doing the charitable thing in the wake of any potential exit:
I’ll be setting up a Post #Giroud Support Group
For those affected by his loss, might help to talk to others affected by this awful event in our lives #PGSG
— P⚽️tty〽️outhNil™ ?? (@Nilstar1) January 29, 2018
— Rehan Haque (@R3hxn) January 29, 2018
While it is disheartening for Gunners fans to see another player leave for a rival, they must be thankful of the business the club has done this window, and if the Frenchman's exit is what is needed to precipitate Aubameyangs' arrival, then it's a risk worth taking.