Olivier Giroud is probably glad he stayed put.
The glorious Frenchman who was subject to a lot of transfer speculation over the summer has revealed he very nearly left the north London club.
It has worked out alright for the ‘Beardo’ so far scoring seven goals in all competitions and starting every Europa League game.
But he’s lost his Premier League place to summer signing and international teammate Alexandre Lacazette.
However, things could have been very different for Giroud if he had made this move in the summer.
According to France-based journalist Matt Spiro, Giroud told L’Equipe he was very close to joining Borussia Dortmund during the transfer window but it fell through because Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended up staying in Germany.
While BVB had a good start to the season, ever since Jupp Heynckes went back to Bayern the wheels have fallen off – they’ve plummeted to 8th in the table and sacked manager Peter Bosz.
The French striker also confirmed that he never wanted to join Everton or Marseille.
It’s easy for him to say that now but what does that tell you about Everton’s stumbling project if Giroud, who was facing a season on the bench, wouldn’t consider a move there.
Giroud added that he was happy at the Emirates for now but would not rule out a move in January.
“I’m managing to play regularly. I think I’ve even had more playing time than Lacazette, despite the fact I’m not starting in the league,” he said.
It’s an odd situation as both players are vying for a place in France’s overcrowded attacking berths for the World Cup.
Asked whether he would leave the Gunners soon Giroud said, “I’ll ask myself the question again in January. That’s for sure. A loan could be the best solution, but I don’t know if Arsenal would want that.”
The Arsenal striker does offer his international team a plan B, but does a season as an impact sub for Arsenal and a Europa League campaign really warrant a World Cup spot for one of the favourites.
We’ll let you make the call on that one.