Olivier Giroud was strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal in the early stages of this summer’s transfer window after a difficult 2016-17 campaign with the Gunners.
Everton and West Ham United were both credited with an interest, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed last week that the striker turned down the chance to leave the Emirates Stadium ahead of the new campaign.
Giroud was named on the bench for last week’s Premier League opener against Leicester City, but he came up trumps once again – netting his team’s winner in the 4-3 success.
It would be fair to say that there is a split when it comes to Arsenal supporters and Giroud, but the statistics show that the France international has scored an impressive 99 goals in just 229 appearances for the team that he joined in 2012.
On Wednesday, Arsenal’s official Twitter account published quotes from Wenger, with the experienced manager paying tribute to the importance of Giroud.
The 30-year-old could yet endure another frustrating season, but he has committed himself to the cause, and Arsenal supporters appear delighted with that decision.
Wenger on this man:
🗣️ "Look at his numbers… the weight he has in the dressing room… he’s respected by everybody inside the club" pic.twitter.com/7xK37fBJRF
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 16, 2017
@_OlivierGiroud_ No stopping. ☝️ more to 💯
— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 16, 2017
Giroud bigger club Legend than RvP
— q (@Xhaktics) August 16, 2017
Build this man a statue
— Met. (@AFCMet) August 16, 2017
man already is chiseled out of stone
— The Pommy Gooner (@PommyGooner) August 16, 2017
Giroud is a legend.
— Nena TopGun (@NenaCOYG) August 16, 2017
For what we paid for him he has done more than what one can ask. A great player and a legend…..
— Jonathan Groenewald (@Groenewald1981G) August 16, 2017
Our Hero from the bench
— AMBITIOUS KID. (@muhaluro1) August 16, 2017
And you offer him to leave!! Giroud deserves more credit than he gets. Love this guy.
— kaz 💋 (@GoonerKJP) August 16, 2017
Very important to us
— Josekeanen (@Josekeanen1) August 16, 2017
Fantastic player we love him
— Nokita kipz (@Nokitakipz1) August 16, 2017
Whats not to like? Very humble human being. Legend in the making
— Totti Gooner (@AldriyanR) August 16, 2017