Arsène Wenger called on Olivier Giroud after 72 minutes at Southampton on Sunday.
A quarter of an hour later, the France striker expertly flicked home our equaliser at St Mary’s.
After the match, the boss was asked whether Giroud will still be at the club come February. Read on for a full transcript of his answer.
on whether Giroud will leave in January…
In your question is the answer, because you say he is important - why should we lose an important player?
on whether it is up to Giroud or Wenger…
It is up to us.
on whether he will start more games…
He will start more games. I believe as well it’s always the same when you have many good players, some of them cannot play. The question you get is always why does the guy who is good not play? Because if you take him on you have another guy who is good who will not play, it is as simple as that.
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