After Everton gave up pursuit, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud admits he almost made summer move

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was targeted by Everton over the summer.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has told the Daily Mail that he was close to leaving the club this summer, amid speculation surrounding a move to Everton.

Giroud, 30, joined the Gunners from Montpellier in his native France back in the summer of 2012, and whilst he has received strong criticism over the years, he has been a fairly consistent goalscorer.

Giroud has hit double figures in goals in every season for Arsenal, but he has been having to accept more of a super-sub role over the last year.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates his sides second gol during The Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England.

The France international struggled to nail down a regular starting spot last season, and the big-money signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette over the summer hasn't helped him.

In fact, speculation over the summer suggested that Giroud could leave Arsenal, with Everton understood to be keen on signing him after Romelu Lukaku's exit to Manchester United.

With Ronald Koeman searching for a target man, he allegedly set his sights on Giroud – but the Liverpool Echo reported last month that Everton gave up hope of signing Giroud as he indicated he would stay at Arsenal.

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.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in...

However, Giroud decided to stay with Arsenal as his 'story was not finished' with the Gunners, despite his desire to play more first-team football.

“It's true I was close to leaving the club,' said Giroud. “I said I wanted to play but after big reflection with everybody around me like my family and close friends in a supportive way I decided I wanted to stay at the Arsenal.”

“I thought the story was not finished at Arsenal. The club has brought me a lot and I want to give it back, improve and win more trophies. I said to the boss our story is not finished,” he added.

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