The 28-year-old, who scored 30 Premier League goals last season, last week announced his intention not to extend his deal with the north London club, which currently has just one year remaining.
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Speaking to French website le10sport.com, Grimandi said: “Was the recruitment of Giroud made to compensate for his [Van Persie’s] departure? Yes, we worked to avoid being cornered.
“We want him to stay home but he is left with one year on his contract so it is complicated.
“At Arsenal, there is a healthy atmosphere, he’s been here for eight years and he has a real commitment to the club.”
Grimandi also conceded that the former Feyenoord striker, who joined the club for £2.75 million in 2004, has his price.
“If there is a great offer and if he wants to leave, it will be difficult to keep him,” Grimandi added.
“I would never have thought that players such as Thiago Silva [the AC Milan defender] could be transferable and that was the case at a time. There are parameters you cannot handle.”