13 September, 2017
The France worldwide has come off the bench in all the Gunners' games so far this season having fallen behind club-record signing and compatriot Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order. "It's true I was close to leaving because I wanted to play", Giroud said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"But after a big reflection with everybody around me like my family and close friends, I wanted to stay at Arsenal".
Wenger risked embarrassing Giroud as he praised his compatriot's "huge contribution" and "loyal spirit" in the five years since his arrival from Montpellier.
"The club has given me a lot and I've given a lot back".
"If we play well and we play our game and we are very focused on this Europa League, we want to go and win it, we are very ambitious and I am looking forward to the game tomorrow".
He made a decision to stay and now, Olivier Giroud has explained why he stayed at the Emirates and why he wanted to leave in the first place.
Olivier Giroud hopes hitting the 100-goal mark can be the latest chapter in an Arsenal love story he chose to prolong in the summer.
He was reportedly set to sign for Nice before the deal broke down and he remains at Arsenal until January at the earliest.
It may not have happened that way had he left this summer.
"Brighton also enquired in the last few days of the transfer window".
"I'm not the future (of Arsenal)".