Speaking after Arsenal’s opening game of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that striker Olivier Giroud will not be leaving the Emirates Stadium.
Olivier Giroud has been a polarizing figure among the Arsenal faithful since his arrival to the Emirates Stadium back in the summer of 2012 but despite facing a lot of criticism, it has to be said that the Frenchman’s record of 70 goals in 165 appearances has been very impressive.
With Arsenal signing Alexandre Lacazette for a club record fee this summer though, it looked like Giroud could be finally heading out of Arsenal and the likes of Everton and West Ham United were both strongly linked with a move for the Frenchman.
Despite all the speculation surrounding his future though, Giroud has remained at Arsenal and he proved to be the hero for the Gunners during their opening game of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday night as he scored a winner after coming off of the bench to hand his side a sensational 4-3 victory.
The goal has most certainly endeared Giroud the moody Arsenal fans once again and now manager Arsene Wenger has gone on to address the future of the French attacker by stating that the 30-year-old is not leaving the Emirates Stadium anytime soon before praising the striker for his fine attitude throughout his time at North London.
Wenger said, “He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay. At one stage I opened the door for him to go as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay.
“I love the man and the player. He’s a fantastic guy and he’s committed, in his prime and at the top of his game. I don’t want him to go. It was one of the great days for me in recent weeks [when he said he would stay].
“I know how important he is not only as a player – he’s a fantastic player – but also in the group he has a big weight. It was a relief for me he decided to stay. No chance will he go. It is a determined no.”