Olivier Giroud has explained why he chose to stay at Arsenal this summer.
Giroud was linked with a number of clubs at the end of last season, as has been customary over his five years at the club.
The Frenchman is not a bona fide starter in north London, particularly now with the arrival of countryman Alexandre Lacazette.
He has an important part to play however, as evidenced with his late winner against Leicester on the opening day.
West Ham, Marseille and Borussia Dortmund were all linked with the 30-year-old, who feels he made the right decision to remain at the Emirates.
“There was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay,” Giroud said.
“I’ve been hesitating because I’m the most happy man when I play and I am on the pitch.
“But I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club and I feel good in my head and also physically.
“So I am 100 per cent focused on the club project. I’ve been through five amazing years here so I felt like the story had to continue.
“There are nice days to come from me in an Arsenal shirt.”