Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will stay at Arsenal after the forward showed his importance with the last-minute winner against Leicester (via Sky Sports).
Arsene Wenger has put an end to the rumours surrounding Olivier Giroud’s future at the club amid interest in the striker from a couple of Premier League rivals.
The match against Leicester showed Olivier Giroud’s importance perfectly as the Frenchman came off the bench to score an 85th-minute winner.
Despite that, the forward has spent the summer strongly linked with a move to the likes of Everton and West Ham United but Wenger put an end to that.
“I love the man and the player because he is a fantastic guy, he is committed and loves the club and he does not want to leave and I am happy that he wants to stay,” Wenger said after the match.
“But at some stage, I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers, but he is really loved here and we love him and in the end, he decided to stay.”
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It’s the right decision to let Olivier Giroud stay at Arsenal. He may not be the first-choice forward at the club right now but his ability to come off the bench and get goals will be important this season. He’s a very different player to Alexandre Lacazette and exactly what the Gunners needed yesterday.