Olivier Giroud wants to write new chapter in his Arsenal story

Olivier Giroud said he was close to leaving Arsenal in the summer amid Everton interest

Olivier Giroud said he was close to leaving Arsenal in the summer amid Everton interest

Asked how close he came to leaving Arsenal in the summer, the France striker said: 'That's a very private decision because, it's true, I was close.

"Actually that's a very private decision because it's true that I was close to leaving the club because I said that I wanted to play", said Giroud.

Giroud admits that he came close to finding the exit door at Arsenal in the summer, but following consultations with his family and friends he chose to continue with the Gunners.

Giroud said that he decided to remain at Arsenal after'a big reflection with his family
Giroud said that he decided to remain at Arsenal after'a big reflection with his family

'I thought the story was not over at Arsenal. The club has given me a lot, I want to win some more trophies.

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

Ahead of Arsenal's Europa League opener with Koln, Giroud revealed that he remained in north London to win trophies after approaching his friends and family for advice.

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Giroud is one goal short of reaching the landmark figure of 100 goals for Arsenal. "I hope it happens as quickly as it can".

While Giroud wants to stay put, full-back Mathieu Debuchy has revealed he was unable to leave during the transfer window despite being told he could depart for free.

The 32-year-old defender admits he is enduring a hard time in north London, having failed to secure an exit despite being frozen out of the first-team picture. "I wanted to find an exit door but, sadly, it was not possible".

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"I train with the pros during the week and I play with the kids at the weekend".

Now, Giroud has discussed his future, telling the Daily Mail that he did in fact come close to leaving Arsenal over the summer, which may suggest that a move to Everton was in the pipeline.

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