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“Something in my soul and in my heart” told me to snub Arsenal exit this summer says Friday match-winner Giroud

Date Posted,August 12, 2017

Olivier Giroud insists his heart will always be at Arsenal — despite playing second fiddle to £50million new boy Alexandre Lacazette.

Striker Giroud came off the bench to score the winner in the season-opening 4-3 victory over Leicester on Friday.

West Ham, Everton and Marseille were all keen to sign the 30-year-old following the arrival of Lacazette from Lyon. But Giroud says the thought of leaving was, in the end, too much to bear.

“To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay,” said the France international, who watched Danny Welbeck and Lacazette start ahead of him.

“That is why.

Giroud showed his love for the Gunners after scoring Friday night’s late winner (Image: Getty)

“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 per cent focused on the club project.”

Giroud has clearly found Arsenal to his liking since his move from Montpellier back home for a bargain £9.6m in 2012.

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He said: “I have been through five amazing years here, so I felt like the story had to continue.

“There are nice days to come for me in an Arsenal shirt.”

A place in the starting line-up is his target – and goals will help his cause.

“It benefits everyone,” he added. “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.”

Boss Arsene Wenger made much of the team spirit shown by his men in overcoming Leicester and acknowledged it will be a quality that will be needed in the next two matches — trips to Stoke and Liverpool.

“Stoke is always a very difficult place for us,” Wenger said. “Then we go to Liverpool who are one of the teams that want to win the Premier League. To win like we did against Leicester will only strengthen the spirit that we will need in those next two matches.”

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