Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has today revealed that he almost joined the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Everton during the summer transfer window.
31-year-old French hitman Giroud joined Arsenal in 2012 from Montpellier, having helped La Paillade to a shock Ligue 1 title the previous season.
He has since gone on to notch an impressive 100 goals in 238 games in North London, racking up 3 FA Cups and 3 Community Shields in the process.
However, despite his excellent goalscoring return for the Gunners, Giroud was heavily linked with an Emirates departure this summer.
The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, coupled with Danny Welbeck’s return to fitness and Alexis Sanchez’s stay at the club all added fuel to rumours that the Grenoble youth product was set for a departure.
The likes of Marseille, West Ham, Lyon and Everton were touted as potential destinations for the talented big-man, with the latter of these sides having targeted Giroud to replace Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United in July.
‘The best choice’
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 had the opportunity to leave [Arsenal].’
‘I was very close to another English club, Everton. But I think I made the best choice.’
Giroud has managed 2 goals in 10 games for the Gunners so far this season, though all 7 of his appearances in the Premier League have come from the bench.