A determined no” – Giroud rejected chance to leave Arsenal, confirms Wenger
The Frenchman’s future at the Emirates Stadium was called into question on the back of losing his status as the club’s first choice striker last season as well as the arrival of compatriot Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in the summer.
West Ham United, Everton and Ligue 1 side Marseille were said to be interested in signing Giroud this summer and Wenger had admitted that competition for places in attack lead him to opening the door for the 30-year-old to depart.
“Giroud is fantastic. I opened the door for him. I didn’t want him to go,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“He wanted to stay and that was one of the greatest days I’ve had in recent months.
“There is no chance he could before the window closes. It’s a determined no.”
Giroud certainly proved his worth against Leicester City on Friday night as he helped the Gunners kick-off the new Premier League season with a dramatic 4-3 win.
Summoned from the bench with the hosts trailing 3-2, the striker headed home what turned out to be the winning goal in the 85th minute – not too long after Aaron Ramsey had equalised – to show he’s ready to challenge Lacazette for a starting place.