Olivier Giroud won’t seek January move from Arsenal

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Arsenal and France forward Olivier Giroud has reiterated his desire to continue with The Gunners despite taking on a peripheral role at the club.

The 31-year-old has adapted to substitute status at The Emirates, starting just 10 times in the Premier League in 2017.

He remains an important member of France’s international set up, scoring in Friday’s 2-0 win over Wales, but was sent back to North London on Sunday after suffering a thigh strain.

“For the moment, I am not questioning myself about my future. I am happy at Arsenal and I am fine with the decision to stay because I want to,” Giroud told The Telegraph.

“I am thinking that the story between the club and myself was not over and not finished. We will see what happens but I am happy at Arsenal for the moment.”

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Olivier Giroud is one of 19 Arsenal forwards to net 100 goals for the club. He needed 237 appearances to achieve the feat, joining the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie, Ian Wright and Thierry Henry. The only other active Arsenal player to have scored 100 goals is Theo Walcott, who currently has 107 from 391 appearances.

Former Everton boss Ronald Koeman revealed the Frenchman was on the verge of a move to Goodison Park over the summer, but ultimately turned it down in favour of fighting for a starting place in the Gunners squad.

“I keep believing in my quality and I keep the faith. I have a lot of objectives with Arsenal and my country so I always try to move forward and keep scoring.”

Olivier Giroud joined the 100 club at Arsenal when he scored from the spot in the UEFA Europa League against BATE Borisov, doing so in one appearance fewer than Robin van Persie.

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