Olivier Giroud denies exit rumours, commits future to Gunners

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been under pressure lately, but says he is happy at the Emirates Stadium and will stay at the club.

Giroud, 27, signed for the Gunners back in 2012 from Montpellier, and arrived just as Robin van Persie left the club - meaning the Frenchman had to carry the goalscoring burden in the absence of the Dutch goal machine, and with 37 goals in 91 games for the club, he has been more than serviceable in the Gunners attack.

But with Arsenal's title challenge collapsing in recent weeks, French international Giroud has come in for plenty of criticism - particularly with a number of stories being released about his personal life hanging over his head, leading to manager Arsene Wenger using youngster Yaya Sanogo in attack instead.

Giroud's recent absences from the team have led to rumours suggesting that Wenger will look to sell the striker this summer in order to bring in somebody of a higher calibre who can fire Arsenal to the title, but former Tours striker Giroud, speaking before today's 3-0 win over Hull, said he is not leaving the club and is happy in London.

"Of course I'll stay, I'm happy here in London,” Giroud said. “I have a contract until 2016 and that is what I want. You should not listen to the media.”

"It's better now [at Arsenal]. We are looking for the last four games with much more serenity,” Giroud said. The main objective is to finish fourth. It's been 17 years that the team qualifies for the Champions League, I don't want to be in the generation that misses it. Champions League is vital for the club. The FA Cup final is also an important trophy for the fans, they have been waiting for a trophy for a long time.”

However, with the likes of Jackson Martinez, Loic Remy and Diego Costa all linked with big summer moves to North London, Giroud may still be a potential casualty this summer - particularly if the club miss out on that fourth Champions League spot.

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