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Olivier Giroud believes he would have ruined his Arsenal legacy if he’d joined forces with arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur in January 2020, speaking to the Daily Mail. 

Only five players in the Premier League era have crossed the north London divide. 

And, as the likes of Sol Campbell, Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas will tell you, donning the white of Spurs after a successful spell in red will do little for your reputation in the eyes of the Gunners’ fanbase. 

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So if Giroud wants to be welcomed back to the Emirates with open arms once he hangs up his boots, a man who scored 105 goals in almost 300 Arsenal appearances probably made the right call against a move to their near neighbours almost two years ago. 

Did Olivier Giroud make the right decision rejecting Tottenham Hotspur?

“There was a very small chance (I could have signed for Tottenham),” Giroud explains ahead of the launch of his autobiography.  

“I said to (then Chelsea manager) Frank (Lampard) I was so determined to leave and play. I told him I had Lazio, Inter Milan and, yes, even Tottenham. 

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“To be honest, it wouldn’t have been a good idea for me as a Gooner of five-and-a-half years to go to Tottenham would it? I would’ve disappointed so many people – but this whole thing is part of what footballers have to deal with. 

“I am grateful because I stayed and things went well after that. (Lampard) eventually gave me the chance to achieve great things with Chelsea. To play again. And I scored goals and contributed to us qualifying for the Champions League. 

“So it was a good answer in the end. Another bounce back.” 

35-year-old Giroud, who has embarked on a fresh start in Italy with seven-time European champions AC Milan, admitted earlier this week he turned down a move to Everton in the final few months of Ronald Koeman’s Goodison Park reign. 

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