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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has no regrets not leaving during the summer

Olivier Giroud insists that he’s very happy at Arsenal and has no regrets over his decision to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

The 31-year-old was replaced by record signing Alexandre Lacazette as the Gunner’s main striker during the summer and has yet to make a Premier League start. However, with the former Lyon striker’s arrival, Olivier Giroud was linked with a move away with Everton and even Ligue 1 clubs like Marseille after him.

But the France international stayed at Arsenal and is yet to make a start this season, with 10 appearances as a substitute. However, despite that and his lack of appearances for the Gunners, France manager Didier Deschamps still has faith in the center-forward, who repaid that faith with a goal on Friday.

During his post-match conference, Giroud said “I am not questioning myself about my future,” Giroud said. “I am happy at Arsenal and I am fine with the decision to stay because I want to. I am thinking that the story between the club and myself was not over and not finished. We will see what happens but I am happy at Arsenal for the moment.

“Arsene’s always supporting me and there is a lot of trust in each other. He trusts in me and I try to give it back on the pitch when I can.”

While France went on to beat Wales 2-0, with goals from both Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, it’s the Arsenal striker who moved into elite company. His goal on Friday put Giroud within one goal of fifth-placed Jean-Pierre Papin and Giroud was overjoyed.

He further added “Papin was one of my favourite players. I’m very grateful. I’m very proud and I always try to bring something to the national team. I keep believing in my quality and I keep the faith. I have a lot of objectives with Arsenal and my country so I always try to move forward and keep scoring.

My best season was in 2015-16 when I scored 34 goals with Arsenal and the national team, including the Euros. Usually I play a bit less with Arsenal but I always try to keep my efficiency high. That’s most important for me.

 Author’s take:

Olivier Giroud has had his critics over the years, with many saying that the Frenchman isn’t the right striker to get Arsenal their Premier League title. However, ever since he arrived in 2012, the 31-year-old has proved to be the perfect fit for the Premier League thanks to his hold up play, strength, and aerial ability, traits that made him a brilliant player off the bench last season.

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