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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Olivier Giroud got the opportunity to leave the club during the summer transfer window but snubbed it.
The French tactician made the revelation after the France international netted the winner against Leicester City in the Premier League opener on Friday. The Gunners won 4-3, and afterward, Wenger heaped praises on the player when speaking to Sky Sports (via ESPN FC):
The 30-year-old was linked with several top clubs during the summer, with Ligue 1 side Marseille mentioned as showing the most interest, according to L’Equipe (h/t Stuart Ballard of the Daily Star). Marseille manager Rudi Garcia recently told reporters Giroud likely was not keen on a move to his club, but until then, the move was seen as plausible.