Arsenal star reveals he was close to summer Everton move

Arsenal star reveals he was close to summer Everton move

Arsenal star reveals he was close to summer Everton move

Giroud strongly considered an Arsenal exit when it became clear France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette's club-record arrival in July would eat into his starting opportunities.

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Speaking in an interview with French TV station Canal Plus today, Giroud was questioned on the speculation surrounding his future during the summer, revealing that he was in fact close to a move to the Toffees.

"I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time but I didn't want to return to France".

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"I have a lot of respect for Marseille, I was a fan for years", Giroud said.

"I stayed because I have a certain attachment to the club, quite simply". But a return to France is possible one day, ' the striker added.

Giroud claims he chose to prolong his Arsenal career because of his affiliation with the club.

That has proven to be a critical moment in Everton's summer as they subsequently failed to land an alternative target, leaving themselves desperately short of firepower going into the new season. The 31-year-old has not started a top-flight game this term though he did bring up a century of goals for Arsenal in the recent Europa League at BATE Borisov.

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