Former Gunner reveals how he almost did the unthinkable

Olivier Giroud was one of the most reliable strikers at Arsenal, and he is the last person that you would think will play for Tottenham, but that almost happened, he has revealed. 

The Frenchman struggled to get into the Arsenal team towards the end of his stay in north London, however, he remained one player that the club could turn to for goals.

The arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates was the biggest hint that he wasn’t needed anymore and he moved to London rivals, Chelsea.

Despite enjoying some minutes of football and impressing when he was given the chance to play, he struggled for playing time yet again when the Blues changed managers.

Frank Lampard was made the club’s manager last summer and the former midfielder turned to the club’s youngsters for his team selections.

Giroud was sidelined and he has just revealed that a lack of playing time almost made him join Tottenham.

‘During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach’s office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me,’ he told So Foot, as reported by Goal.

‘For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter… I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham!’ 

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  1. ClassyGunner says:

    I think OG and Auba would make an awesome strike force.

  2. Howard says:

    We don’t want him. He denigrated Arsenal after the European Cup Final. Showed no respect. He’s in love with Chelsea and he can stay there

    1. ken1945 says:

      Please explain how he denegrated Arsenal Howard?

      I thought he was just celebrating with the players from the club that was paying his wages against the club that decided he wasn’t required any longer and sold him on.

      1. A J says:

        Well said Ken.

  3. A J says:

    Lot of respect for Ollie.

    Over 100 goals for us, and currently sitting 3rd in the French national teams all time scorers list.

    Yes, it would have rankled him signing for that lot (Chelski was bad enough) but can’t help liking the guy.

    Some of the abuse he got at our place (from a minority) was totally unwarranted, and quite frankly – pathetic.

    Also, he’s a very nice bloke into the bargain !

    You’ll end up back in 🇫🇷 Ollie, and when you do all the very best to you mate.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Indeed AJ, the minority once again making the most noise – and now accusing him of disrespecting the club, while disrespecting the player himself!!!

      He was a committed Gooner, never let us down, behaved impeccably and always interacted with the majority of fans who chanted his name at the Emirates.

      I sometimes wonder if any of these fans actually watch or go to any of our games?

      1. Kstix says:

        Never let us down you say Ken? You might want to recheck that statement. Seems no Arsenal player (save Iwobi of course, judging by your comments on the article about him) can do no wrong in your eyes.

  4. Declan says:

    I loved OG, a proper centre forward, but hey why are we still talking about him?

  5. SueP says:

    He wasn’t an Auba – how many are?
    But neither was he a player who didn’t give his best and did better than he was given credit for

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      I agree with you. And his goals were beautiful.

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