Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed what he said to Arsene Wenger this summer after deciding to stay at the club.
Giroud had options to leave the Gunners after the purchase of Alexandre Lacazette pushed him further down the striker rankings at Arsenal.
He has yet to start a Premier League game this season but will feature in the Europa League against FC Koln this week.
He is desperate to score the 100th goal of his Arsenal career, especially if it leads to more trophies with the Gunners.
“It’s true that I was close to leaving the club because I wanted to play, but after big reflection with everybody around me I wanted to stay at the Arsenal and I thought the story was not finished.
“The club brings me a lot and I think I give it back. I still want to improve, again and again, and win some more trophies with the club. I said to the boss ‘our story is not finished’ and everyone was pleased with that.”
Wenger took the opportunity to praise Giroud’s “huge contribution” and “loyal spirit” over his five years at the club.