Arsene Wenger is relieved that his country man, Olivier Giroud opted to stay at Arsenal this summer despite several advances from other teams in the Premier as well as the Ligue 1 in France.

Giroud came off the bench to head home in the 85th minute as the Gunners started their season with a thrilling 4-3 win.

Wenger admitted he had initially given the former Montpellier man the chance to leave but is delighted he opted to stay put.

"It is fantastic," Wenger replied when asked about Giroud's willingness to fight for his place.

"You know, I must say I opened the door for him at some stage because I know that it's important for him to play.

"But I don't want him to go and in the end he decided to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he decided to stay."

Pushed on whether he thought Giroud could leave before the transfer window closes on August 31, Wenger replied: "No. It's a determined no."