Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud made the decision to stay at the club this summer.
Wenger says that he opened the door for Giroud to leave but the forward wants to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal.
Arsenal were willing to let Giroud leave so that he could gain regular game-time but he is content at playing his role with the Gunners.
Speaking about Giroud to the London Evening Standard, Wenger said this:
It’s fantastic (he wants to stay).
I must tell you I opened the door for him at some stage because I know it’s important for him to play. But I don’t want him to go.
In the end he decided to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.
I know how important he is, not only as a player but in the group. He has a big weight [of importance] in this squad. It was a relief for me that he decided to stay.
Wenger said this following Arsenal’s 4-3 win over Leicester. Giroud came off the bench to score a late winner on the opening night of the Premier League season.
Granit Xhaka delivered a corner into danger area and Giroud’s header bounced in off the crossbar, sparking wild scenes at The Emirates as they snatched a win after being 3-2 down.
The striker was linked to the likes of West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Everton, but now looks set to stay.