Olivier Giroud has confirmed that both Marseille and Lyon were interested in signing him this summer but that he never seriously considered a return to Ligue 1.
After the France international scored the winning goal against Leicester on the opening day of the season, Arsene Wenger revealed that he’d given the striker the option of leaving the Emirates earlier in the summer. That the former Montpellier player decided to stay and fight for his place was celebrated by the boss.
In an interview with Telefoot, translated by Get France Football News, Giroud has opened up on the situation.
“I did not refuse Marseille,” he said. “I simply said to the boss when I was on the phone with him… He wanted to know if I was interested or not in the Marseille project.
“I have always said that returning to France was not an option for me, even less so in the short-term future.
So it was not something against Marseille, because the project is very ambitious and very interesting…It was not specifically about Marseille, because I also had Lyon.
“I am very flattered to have been chased by two great French clubs.”
Right now, with Alexis being tipped to leave the club, Theo unfancied and Danny’s finishing driving everyone up the wall, it looks as though our HFB could well get more game time than expected.
In a separate interview with Arsenal Player, Giroud has also had his say on Sunday’s debacle against Liverpool.
“You know that in a season you will have to deal with these difficult moments, you can’t always be invincible like in 2004,” he said.
“You need to show a big solidarity in the team and keep the team cohesion.
“The most important thing is to keep the head up and keep the confidence high no matter what. We understand when we do mistakes in the game, and the most important thing is to realise and understand what we have to do better and not to do it again.
“After a bad result, to be honest with you, I don’t sleep too much at home and I try to spend my time with my kids and help me to think about something else but once I comeback to the training ground I’m 100 per cent focused on what I miss, what I need to improve.
“I think as a team we all focus on the same target and we all want to improve so that’s a good point. Obviously we don’t want to make another bad result the game after so I think we are quite good at that, bouncing back straight away.“