Olivier Giroud: Something in my soul and in my heart told me to stay at Arsenal
The 30-year-old’s future looked in doubt after he was relegated to an impact substitute under Arsene Wenger throughout the 2016/17 campaign.
However, the French international striker chose to stay despite his compatriot and rival for the number nine spot Alexandre Lacazette joining, believing his chapter in North London isn’t over yet.
“To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay,” he said, as reported by The Mirror.
“That is why. To be honest, I have been hesitating because I am the most happy man when I play and I am on the pitch. I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club.
“I feel good in my head and also physically. So I am 100% focused on the club project. I have been through five amazing years here, so I felt like the story had to continue.
Olivier Giroud has scored more league goals (21) in the final 15 minutes of games than any other period in the match.
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“There are nice days to come for me in an Arsenal shirt. It benefits everyone. It will make the manager’s decision harder and harder.
“It is good for him and good for us. Competition will allow us to improve again and again. Good competition forces you to always give your best.”
Giroud the Gunner
Giroud again came off the bench in Arsenal’s league opener against Leicester City with the Gunners were trailing 3-2 to the Foxes before Aaron Ramsey, another substitute, equalised only for Giroud to seal all three points for Wenger’s men moments later.
Since joining from Montpellier, where he won the Ligue 1 title, in 2012 he’s now featured 229 times under Wenger managing 99 goals and creating a further 41.
Across last season he’s made no fewer than 40 appearances but still retaining that prolificacy in front of goal as he’s found the back of the net 16 times with 12 of those coming in 29 league outings.