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Reports suggest Arsene Wenger sold Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott because he could not guarantee them game time.
The Frenchman agreed a deal which saw Giroud to Chelsea and Walcott to Everton this January.
Walcott was no longer part of Wenger’s plans as he simply did not have a role the Frenchman’s new chosen formation.
The former Southampton youth player has made a strong start to his career with the Toffees and his ex-manager is pleased for him.
“I always say that players who did fight for our shirt and fought for our club, you ideally want them to be respected,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.
“All our fans knew that Theo did not leave because he had any problem with Arsenal.
It was just because he wanted to play and wanted to give himself a chance because he didn’t get enough games here.
“Today, people are informed and you don’t fool them. Theo is experienced, is a real Arsenal lover and is a guy who always respected the fans and the club.
“It was completely justified and I’m very happy that he got a great reception.”
And Wenger expects another Giroud to get a similarly warm reception when he returns to north London – Olivier Giroud
“Olivier is an Arsenal man as well,” he continued.
“He left for similar reasons to Theo Walcott, by being sad to leave but also objective enough to analyse his situation.
“His professional career demanded that he moved, but his heart wanted him to stay.
“Both Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are similar cases on that front.”