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Olivier Giroud says Arsenal squad wants Arsene Wenger to stay

Olivier Giroud says Arsene Wenger retains the support of his Arsenal players
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Olivier Giroud says Arsenal's players want Arsene Wenger to stay on as manager beyond the end of his deal this summer.

Wenger revealed after Saturday's defeat at West Brom an announcement on his future was due "very soon", and Arsenal have since denied approaching Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel about the job.

There was no denial when it came to reports in several Monday newspapers claiming Wenger will sign a new contract, despite vocal opposition from some supporters.

The nature of the Hawthorns defeat - a fourth in five Premier League games - led some pundits to suggest Arsenal's players are no longer playing for their manager.

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But Giroud told French television channel Infosport+: "We want to see Arsene Wenger continue, to continue the adventure, because we support him.

"We hope to win the cup and qualify for the Champions League."

Wenger is Arsenal's longest-serving and most decorated manager having won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups in his two decades in north London.

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Former Arsenal forward Alan Smith believes Arsene Wenger holds all the power at the club and the Frenchman will decide when he leaves the Emirates

But supporters are split as a 13th straight year without a league title approaches, with a growing number convinced it is time for a change.

A 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich, meanwhile, condemned the Gunners to a seventh straight last-16 exit in the Champions League.

Giroud, who was brought to Arsenal by Wenger in 2012, signed a new contract in January and is six goals short of a century for the club.

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