Olivier Giroud rubbishes Arsenal exit talk

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has told Gunners fans to ignore speculation that he could head back to France this summer at the request of his wife, telling the Mirror that he is desperate to stay and work with Arsene Wenger again at the Emirates next season.

Giroud's off-field transgressions during his second season in England have been well documented, leading to reports that wide Jennifer wants to leave London and return home ahead of next season.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a profitable campaign on the field though, scoring 20 goals for the Gunners to keep their Champions League charge on track despite a startling lack of cover in a central strike role.

Arsenal have the forward under contract until 2016 and Giroud is adamant that his future lies in the Premier League, while also insisting he wants to help Gunners boss Arsene Wenger cement his legacy at the club if he stays next season.

He told The Mirror: "You shouldn't listen to that. A lot of things were said. I'm still happy in London and with Arsenal and think I will be in the future.

"I have a contract until 2016 and I'm an Arsenal player. I want to be here next season, at least that's my will."

When asked if he would sign a new contract, Giroud added: "Why not?"

On Wenger the striker added: "Of course we all want him (Wenger) to continue the adventure," said Giroud, who also has an FA Cup Final against Hull to look forward to next month as the Gunners seek to end a trophy drought dating back to May 2005.

"I'm sure that next season we can challenge for the title - I hope, right until the end [of the season] - and we need the coach. We need his experience. He must stay."

For now all focus at the Emirates is on the fight to make sure they enjoy a relatively successful season on two fronts, with their target a top-four finish and success in the FA Cup final against Hull City on May 17th.

Arsenal will continue to be heavily reliant on Giroud to achieve those goals, but after a difficult second half of the season he has looked back to something like his best in recent wins against West Ham United and Hull City.

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