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Giroud: ‘I was close to join Everton’

Arsenal’s striker says that he was very close to move to Everton this summer.

Giroud was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park during the summer transfer window, as Ronald Koeman was looking to fill in the gap left by the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

Besides Everton, Marseille and West Ham have also shown interest in the services of the 31-year-old, but the striker now thinks that he made the best choice by remaining at Arsenal, club for which he signed in 2012. The Gunners have then paid £13m for his services and Giroud went on to play 238 matches during which he scored 100 goals for the Gunners.

Speaking to the French TV station Canal Plus, Giroud said: “I had the opportunity to leave [Arsenal]. I was very close to another English club, Everton. But I think I made the best choice.”

Everton had to look elsewhere after Giroud’s refusal to join them and they have signed Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney. However, Ronald Koeman is still on the lookout for a striker, as Everton are struggling in the Premier League since the departure of Romelu Lukaku.