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Agent: Giroud staying put

Olivier Giroud is likely to stay at Arsenal, his agent Michael Manuello has said, playing down speculation linking the France striker with a move to Italy's Napoli.

Rumours about the 29-year-old intensified after British media suggested that he had been included in a deal to bring Napoli's Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain to the Emirates.

Manager Arsene Wenger failed to sign Leicester forward Jamie Vardy, and Manuello suggested that any incoming striker would be a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck, not for Giroud.

"Everything I've read on Giroud is not true. I personally have only said that if Arsenal want to sell, then we will see," Manuello told London's Evening Standard.

"I do not know where (the Napoli story) came from. We never talked to Naples and there are no other persons appointed over me that can do this."

- Reuters.

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