LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud didn’t take him up on the offer to leave Arsenal.
Ever since France striker Alexandre Lacazette joined in July for a club-record 60 million euros ($68 million), the future of compatriot Giroud has been in doubt.
But after deciding to stick it out for a sixth season at Arsenal, Giroud was the north London club’s match-winner on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign after coming off the bench.
While Lacazette netted the opener after two minutes against Leicester on Friday, a collapse left Arsenal trailing with seven minutes remaining. An equalizer by Aaron Ramsey was followed by a header from fellow substitute Giroud sealing a 4-3 victory over the 2016 champions.
“It’s fantastic,” Wenger said. “I must tell you I opened the door for him at some stage (to leave) because it’s…