Giroud: My heart told me to stay at Arsenal


Olivier Giroud was given the chance to leave Arsenal this summer, as Arsene Wenger left the door open for the French international to make a move after the record signing of Alexandre Lacazette.

There was interest in the Premier League from West Ham and Everton, and the chance of a return to France with Marseille and Lyon both keen, but in the end the HFB decided to stay in London.

And what a good decision that was for us, as his late goal gave us the win over Leicester on Friday night.

Speaking afterwards, Giroud said it was something in his heart which saw him turn down any move.

“To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay,” he said.

“To be honest, I have been hesitating because I am the most happy man when I play and I am on the pitch. I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club.

“I feel good in my head and also physically. So I am 100 per cent focused on the club project.

“I have been through five amazing years here, so I felt like the story had to continue.

“There are nice days to come for me in an Arsenal shirt.”

Watch the goals and read the report of the Leicester game here

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