Could Laurent Koscielny be the reason Olivier Giroud is set to leave Chelsea in the coming months?
The unsettled striker is again considering leaving Stamford Bridge after struggling to oust Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham from Frank Lampard's starting line-ups this season.
Giroud is now threatening to look elsewhere in January, with a winter move abroad touted in recent weeks.
And speaking to pal and former Arsenal team-mate Koscielny may have played a part in the striker's decision.
"It's worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot," the 34-year-old told French outlet Telefoot.
"It's going to have to change or a decision must be made.
"I am clear-headed about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to make the right one, as I have always done."
"Even if some people talk about my age, I still feel very good physically.
"I have a lot of desire and freshness, and what makes a career last is also the head.
"We would like things to be a little easier, but we grow through adversity.
"And as my buddy [Laurent] Koscielny often says: 'I am the best when my back is against the wall'."
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Giroud isn't the only one who thinks he deserves more playing time.
Former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy also believes he should be enjoying more minutes on the pitch at Chelsea.
"It’s been a few months, a few years, that we hear the same speech around Giroud, that he is not needed, he is not good enough, if he doesn’t play enough he will not get into the national team," he told Stadium Astro.
"And all those questions, all those question marks, have been solved and resolved by Giroud himself.
"Give him time and he will actually score goals. And when I say give him time, I’m not asking to give him 10 games in a row to get his first goal. Give him 20 minutes here, half-an-hour there, 40 minutes here, cup game, Champions League game, and he will score goals.
"And he will show people that that kind of profile in the team, within the group, is essential."
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