Wenger: I offered Giroud exit

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed his gratitude to Olivier Giroud who scored the winner against Leicester City on Friday night after revealing that he gave the Frenchman option to leave. 

Giroud has been pushed down he pecking order following the arrival of Alex Lacazette but emerged from the bench to score a late goal as Arsenal came from 3-2 down in the last seven minute to beat Leicester 4-3. And, in the face of interest from Everton and Marseille, Wenger was adamant he would be going nowhere before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

- I love the man and the player. He's a fantastic guy and he's committed, so this is one of my best days for a number of weeks. At one stage, I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay. It's determined, said Wenger. 

During Friday's press conference, Wenger  confirmed that the 30 year old has decided to stay with Arsenal, ending interest in the striker from Everton, West Ham United and Marseille.