Olivier Giroud has been linked with a potential departure from the Emirates at the end of the season, but from the latest reports he appears to be staying in the capital.
According to Goal, the French international has dismissed any potential move away from Arsenal and has stated his desire to play and win titles for the club. Although he has struyggled for palying time this season, often being forced to start games on the bench, Giroud is still determined to fight for his place in the team.
The 30-year-old has been linked with a move to French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille, who are planning an ambitious summer of spending with new lucrative investment, but Giroud wants to see out his contract with Arsenal and has no desire to try his luck elsewhere.
Talking to French website football.fr Olivier Giroud said: “There is nothing fixed, but I would say that today I feel good at Arsenal. I have two more years on my contract, we will see what the future will be.
“The Premier League is an increasingly high-profile and contested championship, where five or six teams can potentially claim the title. This is why I still want to continue to win this title.”
This kind of determination and willingness to prove his worth to help win trophies for the Gunners should be well received by supporters, especially given how many before him have made U-turns on their decision to stay at Arsenal.
Despite a lack of playing time this season, Giroud has scored 12 goals in 11 Premier League starts and has a slim chance of starting in this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea. He’s been a super-sub in 2016/17 and is proving his worth in the twilight years of his career.