Speaking after the match against Leicester, Arsene Wenger revealed that he offered Giroud a transfer this summer but the Frenchman refused to take it.
Giroud came off the bench for Arsenal and scored the late winner in a wild 4-3 Premier League opener against Leicester. It was his 9th substitute goal since last season and clearly the big man has a knack for substitute goals.
“I opened the door for him (Giroud)” said Wenger “because I know that it’s important for him to play. But I didn’t want him to go. And in the end he decided to stay and that was one of the great days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is. Not only as a player, he’s a fantastic player, but also in the group. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he wanted to stay.”
Giroud now has 99 goals for Arsenal in 14,872 minutes. This is the equivalent of a goal every 1.65 matches which is an excellent return from a striker. He will certainly break the mythical 100 goals record for the club this season.
Expect new Arsenal fitness manager to help Giroud with his big weight and get him back to adonis-like fitness as soon as possible.