Olivier Giroud says Arsenal squad wants Arsene Wenger to stay
Last Updated: 21/03/17 7:38am
Olivier Giroud says Arsenal's players want Arsene Wenger to stay on as manager beyond the end of his deal this summer.
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.
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.
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.