Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Proven PL performer: I came close to Everton summer switch

Proven PL performer: I came close to Everton summer switch

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.

Lyon, Marseille and West Ham were among the teams linked with Giroud earlier this year, but he named another of the sides credited with an interest - Everton - as a club he came so close to joining.

But Giroud, who has scored twice in 11 appearances for the Gunners this season, insists he made the right decision by opting to remain at the Emirates.

"I was very close to signing for another English club, Everton, but I made the best choice I think", Giroud told France's Canal Football Club.

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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. Against Hajduk Split, Lookman flashed with brilliance at times but faded out of the game late.

Giroud, who also turned down Marseille and Lyon this summer, would not rule out a return to France: "I have a lot of respect for Marseille, I was a fan for years". I didn't want to return to France. But a return to France is possible one day, ' the striker added.

They now sit six points behind leaders Manchester City after seven games of the new campaign as they prepare for their trip to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Lookman was part of the successful England side which won the Under-20 World Cup in the summer, scoring three goals on the team's run to the final which he played from the start.

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