If Arsenal were looking to offload Olivier Giroud then this summer’s European Championships in France could not have come at a better time.
After hitting 12 Premier League goals by the middle of January there may have been high hopes that the Frenchman was finally becoming the 20-goal-a-season striker he had long threatened to be since arriving from Montpellier in 2012.
However, since then his form has tailed of dramatically, with just two more coming across his last 21 games in all competitions, a brace against Championship Hull.
Giroud now looks unlikely to surpass the middling 16-strike total, secured in 2013/14, that represents his best divisional campaign at the Emirates.
Should the Gunners’ frustration at the Frenchman’s inability to prove a consistent threat over the course of a season finally have convinced them the time has come to cash their chips, then Euro 2016 could prove a godsend.
Provided he can stay fit, the 29-year-old is set to play a major role for the home nation in the absence of Real Madrid centre-forward Karim Benzema.
France are 100/30 second-favourites to win the tournament and warmed up in thrillingly-cavalier style by putting four past Russia in a March friendly.
Buoyed by the fervour of the home crowd and served by the creative forces of Kinglsey Coman, Dimitri Payet, Anthony Martial and Antoine Griezmann among others, Giroud has every chance scoring heavily as Les Bleus go deep.
Didier Deschamps’ intention to persevere with a number-nine style line leader has been illustrated by starts for the Arsenal man and Andre-Pierre Gignac in their last two internationals.
Given Giroud even relegated Benzema to a wing berth under Deschamps during the 2014 World Cup he has every chance of topping that particular pecking order.
Joint-fourth favourite to top-score Euro 2016 at 14/1, conditions are set fair for the out-of-form Arsenal man to play himself into the affections of clubs across Europe this summer.