Report: Giroud happy to stay and fight for his place

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According to Le 10 Sport, Olivier Giroud has decided to stay at Arsenal this summer despite the increased competition for a starting place.

The France international has been the subject of speculation for months with the likes of Marseille, Lyon, Everton, West Ham United and Borussia Dortmund all keeping tabs on his situation.

It’s reported the striker was most open to the possibility of moving to the Westfalenstadion, however, with Dortmund insisting that star man Patrick Aubameyang is going nowhere their interest has waned.

Giroud, who only signed a contract extension at Arsenal in January, will now fight with Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck for a starting berth in attack.

The 30-year-old has featured regularly in pre-season, scoring against Western Sydney Wanderers and Benfica. He only needs two more competitive goals to reach a century for the Gunners.

The report tallies with what Arsene Wenger said last week: “Giroud fancies the competition. As a manager, you have him on your back, wanting to play.

“He fights hard, you know. I like the way he responds to what’s happening.”

The Gunners are trying to offload Lucas Perez having already released Yaya Sanogo. It also looks as though there’s a high chance Chuba Akpom will leave on loan.

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