Arsene Wenger has admitted he will be sad to see Olivier Giroud leave the club, should he complete a deadline day move to London rivals Chelsea.
The France international is expected to complete an £18 million move across London to join Antonio Conte’s side.
However, the 31-year-old came on as a late substitute as Arsenal succumbed to a humiliating 3-1 defeat away to Swansea on Tuesday night in.
Even though Giroud’s last appearance for the Gunners could be this embarrassing defeat, Wenger praised the striker’s commitment.
He said: “He is a guy who gave great service to the club and never let us down on the commitment front and saved us many times.”
Asked if he would be sad to see Giroud go, Wenger added: “Yes. Personally I took him from Montpellier and made him a strong international player for France.
“We have come together through good and bad, but always his behaviour was top, top class. At the end the respect is more linked to that than to all the rest.”
Having already strengthened Manchester United by allowing Alexis Sanchez to join Jose Mourinho’s side, many Arsenal fans must be perplexed at seeing Giroud linked with another Premier League side.
However, Wenger was adamant nothing had been done yet.
“At the moment I don’t want to talk much about where he goes, if he goes, because that will be definitely decided.” he said.
“Nothing is concluded at the moment.”