Official: Wenger confirms deal for French attacker, Squad no. assigned

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Arsene Wenger admits he was ready to let Olivier Giroud leave Arsenal this summer.

But the France striker opted to stay and paid Wenger back with the winning goal yesterday.

“I opened the door for him at some stage as I had many strikers and it’s important for him to play but I don’t want him to go,” Wenger said.

“In the end he decided to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

“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.

“It was a relief for me he decided to stay. Giroud in his prime is at the top of his game.”

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