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

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

Olivier Giroud insists his "story is not over" at Arsenal but revealed he came close to leaving the club during the summer.

Olivier Giroud has confessed that he seriously considered quitting Arsenal during the summer transfer window in search of more regular playing time.

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.

"It is a very private decision", he told reporters, according to Football.London. After big reflection with my family, my close friends, I chose to stay.

And sitting alongside his manager at the pre-match press conference, Giroud said: "It's a privilege for me to play for Arsenal and to score nearly 100 goals".

"But after a big reflection with everybody around me like my family and close friends, I wanted to stay at Arsenal".

"I said to the boss "our story is not finished" and everyone was pleased with that". 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.

A Premier League victor against Leicester on the opening day took Giroud to 99 Arsenal goals, but he has since been restricted to 67 minutes from the bench.

Giroud, a £10m signing from Montpellier in 2012, has featured four times from the bench so far in the Premier League this term. "The most important thing is to win". We are very focused on the Europa League.

"I still want to improve and win trophies with the club". I hope it will happen as quick as possible.

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