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Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud passed up chance to leave Arsenal

Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud passed up chance to leave Arsenal
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Arsene Wenger says he gaveOlivier Giroud the opportunity to leave Arsenal this summer, but was happy the striker stayed to deliver the winner in the4-3 victory over Leicester to open the Premier League season.

The Gunners twice fell behind before Wenger put on Giroud and Aaron Ramey in what turned out to be an inspired double change as both substitutes scored late on.

Giroud knew he would be relegated to a bench role following the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, but he decided to stay and fight for his spot, and Wenger had high praise for his countryman's commitment.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Wenger said of Giroud: "I love the man and the player. He's a fantastic guy and he's committed. He does not want to leave and I am happy he wants to stay.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay."

Wenger acknowledged it would be difficult to give playing time to all of his attackers, but was happy with all the contributions on Friday night.

"Going forward and character wise we have been great. We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that," he said.

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