Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin ended up selling Giroud to Arsenal for £12.8million — but admits he would have him back on loan.
Nicollin said: “When a player leaves my club, I no longer follow him, even though I like Olivier a lot.
“If Arsenal want to loan him to us, we’ll take him.
“We’ve made a bad start in the league. The essential thing is not to go down and we will fight not to."