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