Olivier Giroud admits that he will consider a move away from Arsenal during the January transfer window to keep his World Cup dream alive.
The France international was among the goals for the Gunners in his latest outing, but once again he was forced to start a Premier League meeting with Southampton on the bench.
A record-equalling 17-goal return as a substitute helps to highlight how effective he can be as an impact player, but the 31-year-old is eager to find more starts.
That could force him away from Emirates Stadium in the new year, with the experienced striker aware that he needs minutes after opting against a switch over the summer – amid interest from the likes of Marseille and Everton .
“I have the World Cup at the back of my mind weekly, almost daily,” Giroud told L’Equipe .
“Each time I go onto the pitch, it’s to be more clinical and keep on track for the World Cup.”
He added: “If I wasn’t able to leave this summer, it was because of the opportunities I had.
“It wouldn’t have been good to leave for leaving’s sake, but it’s certain that eventually, even in January, I’m going to have to ask myself the question again.”