Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

100-goal Arsenal star admits summer contact with Everton

100-goal Arsenal star admits summer contact with Everton

Everton's pursuit of the Frenchman has been well documented, and now the player himself has revealed how close he came to swapping the Emirates Stadium to Goodison Park.

Giroud's situation was made all the more precarious following the arrival of record signing Alexandre Lacazette, with his worldwide team-mate arriving to take his place in the squad.

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Arsenal have made something of a mixed start to the new season but have improved their form in recent weeks to move up to fifth place in the table.

Giroud is thought to be reluctant to leave Arsenal this season in case it has an impact on his chances of featuring for his country at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, but would contemplate leaving the Emirates ahead of next season. I was very close to another English club - Everton - but I think I made the best choice, ' Giroud told French broadcasters Canal Football Club prior to Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier against Belarus.

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Reports have also stated that Giroud opted to remain with Arsenal due to pressure from his wife. I didn't want to return to France. I'm happy in England, it's nothing against those clubs.

The Gunners expressed interest in signing the Wandsworth-born forward during his time at Charlton and are said to view Lookman as a potential star of the future.

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While he has featured in all seven of Arsenal's Premier League games so far, each time has been from the bench.

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