Olivier Giroud has revealed that he came ‘very close’ to leaving Arsenal and joining Everton during the summer transfer window (via ESPN).
He’s become one of the most popular Arsenal players amongst fans so there would’ve been many who were upset if he had left this summer.
Olivier Giroud was heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal during the window with a number of Premier League rivals interested.
Everton were reportedly the closest club to signing the player and now, Giroud has revealed just how close he came to joining Ronald Koeman’s men.
“I had the opportunity to leave. I was very close to another English club, Everton,” Giroud revealed to Canal Football. “But I think I made the best choice.”
- How will Arsenal line up vs West Ham – Two major changes expected
- Mikel Arteta makes U-turn on long-term Arsenal star – will stay at club
- Revealed: Five-time European champions made ‘concrete offer’ for Aubameyang
The forward was also heavily linked with a return to France with a number of Ligue 1 sides interested including Marseille and Lyon.
“I have a lot of respect for Marseille, I was a fan for years,” Giroud went on. “I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time.
“I didn’t want to return to France. I’m happy in England, it’s nothing against those clubs. But a return to France is possible one day.”
Olivier Giroud has proven his importance to Arsenal time and time again. He has surpassed 100 goals for the club and hopefully, will stay at the Emirates for a number of years.