Olivier Giroud lifts the lid on his failed Everton transfer

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

The France global was heavily linked with an Emirates departure and looked to be on the verge of calling time on his Gunners career.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been told the 19-year-old would be keen on a return to London and will submit a January bid in an effort to end his nightmare spell at Goodison Park.

"I was very close to signing for another English club, Everton", Giroud told Canal Football while away on worldwide duty.

Giroud's situation at Arsenal has not changed from last season and he now finds himself behind Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez in the pecking order.

"But I made the best choice I think".


"I have a lot of respect for Marseille, I was a fan for years".

Everton, meanwhile, only have four goals in seven league games this season as they struggle without Romelu Lukaku.

'I also have a lot of respect for Lyon, who were also interested at one time. The youngster exploded onto the Premier League scene on debut for Everton, scoring in the Merseyside club's 4-0 win over Manchester City last season.

Arsenal have won their last four games in all competitions and as far as the Premier League is concerned, they are now 6 points behind the league leaders.

With Giroud hoping to make France's squad for the 2018 World Cup, he will have to make a bigger impact as the campaign progresses. "But a return to France is possible one day".

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