Arsenal hero Olivier Giroud turned down the opportunity to leave the club this summer.
The likes of Everton and West Ham had been heavily linked with the French striker – who came off the bench tonight
to score the late winner as Arsenal came from behind to beat Leicester 4-3 at the Emirates.
But despite being given the opportunity to move on by his manager following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette,
Giroud decided to stay put.
Speaking after his side’s dramatic victory on the opening day of the new Premier League season, Wenger hailed his
match winning forward.
“I love the man and the player,” said the Arsenal boss. “He is a fantastic guy. He is committed and he loves the
“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.
“At some stage I opened the door for him because I knew I had many strikers, but he is really loved here.
“We love him and in the end he decided to stay.”
Giroud’s late goal at the Emirates sealed a remarkable win for the Gunners, their first on an opening day of the new
season since the beat Crystal Palace in 2014.
Lacazette had given them a dream start when he broke the deadlock inside two minutes, but goals from Shinji Okazaki
and Jamie Vardy saw Leicester move 2-1 in front.
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Danny Welbeck equalised for Arsenal but Vardy’s second of the game soon after the interval looked to have given the
visitors all three points.
But Aaron Ramsey’s superb strike made it 3-3 before Giroud’s late heroics completed a dramatic night of football in