Olivier Giroud: 'I came close to leaving Arsenal in summer'

Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger | AP
Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger | AP
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13 September, 2017

Olivier Giroud says he stayed at Arsenal as he has unfinished business with the club.

Giroud - who scored a late victor on the opening day Premier League win against Leicester - has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place at the Emirates Stadium and admits that he almost quit over the summer having been linked with the likes of Everton and West Ham.

He had takers in France with Marseille and Lyon showing an interest and Everton were keen to take him to Merseyside last month, but the Frenchman eventually chose to stay put at Arsenal.

He was reportedly set to sign for Nice before the deal broke down and he remains at Arsenal until January at the earliest.

He stated: "It is a very private decision. The club gave me a lot and I still want to win some more trophies with the club".

"So as I said to the boss our story was not finished, so everybody was pleased with that".

Giroud admits that he came close to finding the exit door at Arsenal in the summer, but following consultations with his family and friends he chose to continue with the Gunners. The Dutchman has come in for criticism from the likes of former Toffees defender Michael Ball who feels the Goodison Park club are at fault for delaying firming up their interest.

That is likely to change when Cologne visit for Thursday's Europa League opener as Arsene Wenger plans changes ahead of Sunday's trip to Chelsea.

Meanwhile, a move to Everton - or the London Stadium where Slaven Bilic was eager to enhance West Ham's firepower - behind him, Giroud is now focused on reaching 100 goals for Arsenal.

"I still want to improve and win trophies with the club. I hope it can happen".


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