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12 August 2017

Arsene Wenger reveals Olivier Giroud wants to STAY at Arsenal and will not be sold amid £20m Everton interest

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger insists match-winner Olivier Giroud will stay at the club this season.

The French striker came off the bench to hand the Gunners all three points in a thrilling 4-3 win over Leicester on Friday night.

Olivier Girouds late winner was his 50th strike at the Emirates Stadium
Olivier Giroud scored a dramatic late winner to give Arsenal all three points
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Olivier Giroud came off the bench to secure Arsenal a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester
The Frenchman had been linked with a £20m move to Everton this summer
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Giroud had been heavily linked with a £20million switch to Everton following Arsenal’s club-record deal for Alexandre Lacazette.


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But Wenger revealed after the dramatic clash that Giroud “decided to stay” at the Emirates and he is “really loved” at the club.

The relieved gaffer said: “It’s impossible to keep all the strikers happy when they don’t play, but we have many games and hopefully I can give them all a good number of games.

“I love the man and the player [Giroud] and he doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy that he wants to stay.

“I opened the door for him, because I knew we had many strikers, but he’s really loved here and he decided to stay.”

Giroud, 30, started just 11 Premier League matches last season and scored 12 goals.

Arsene Wenger now appears in pole position to sign the winger
Arsene Wenger insists Olivier Giroud decided to stay at the club
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Everything looked to be going to plan for Arsenal as Alexandre Lacazette scored early doors
Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival casted doubts over Olivier Giroud’s future
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud comes off the bench to grab the late winner against Leicester
Alexander Lacazette scores an amazing header on his Premier League debut for Arsenal against Leicester

But his first goal of the new campaign could prove one of his most important already as Arsenal clawed their way back twice to kick-start their season.

Lacazette was on the scoresheet as Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey also opened their accounts.

Wenger remains concerned by his side’s defensive frailties and insists it is something they must work on.

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He added: “Our character was great because we were twice down and came back.

“Of course you cannot afford to concede three goals at home. We had 27 attempts and they had three on target and three goals, but it’s something we have to work on.”

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