The Frenchman was the subject of serious interest from the Blues as the transfer deadline approached in August and while reports to that effect were not confirmed at the time, Ronald Koeman has since hinted that Giroud was his main target once the acquisition of Gylfi Sigurdsson had been completed.
Now Giroud himself has verified the reports, although he stopped short of confirming suggestions that it was his wife's desire to stay in London that was the overriding factor.
"I had the opportunity to leave [Arsenal]," he told Canal+ in France. "I was very close to another English club, Everton.
"But I think I made the best choice."
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1 Posted 09/10/2017 at 00:53:19
Would have loved him up front for us but he's not the answer to the biggest problem we have, we'd punt the ball 50 yards up the pitch to him and he'd have to wait 10 minutes before the incredibly slow midfield manages to get up the pitch to him.
2 Posted 09/10/2017 at 04:56:22
3 Posted 09/10/2017 at 05:45:13
4 Posted 09/10/2017 at 07:17:58
5 Posted 09/10/2017 at 10:30:59
The problem is Koeman.
Play Lookman, Mirallas or Lennon - pace.
Play Rooney up front and Sigurdsson behind.
Give Sandro and Klaasen more time to get up to speed with the Prem, but play other players in the meantime.
Koeman Out. Rhino in!
6 Posted 09/10/2017 at 10:41:48
7 Posted 09/10/2017 at 11:08:34
2005–2008 Grenoble 23 (2)
2007–2008 → Istres (loan) 33 (14)
2008–2010 Tours 44 (24)
2010–2012 Montpellier 73 (33)
2010 → Tours (loan) 17 (6)
2012– Arsenal 170 (70)
2011– France 67 (27
Dont think Brett scored that many
9 Posted 09/10/2017 at 11:19:14
10 Posted 09/10/2017 at 11:21:12
11 Posted 09/10/2017 at 11:48:44
Can't get my head around the 'wait and see' approach we are still adopting with Koeman. If HE had got his main and only striking target in Giroud, would we be any better than we currently are? That is proof enough for me that the longer we wait, the less attractive a proposition we become to any potential new manager or players. Giroud feels he made the right choice staying on the Arsenal bench. Come January, will it be David Moyes feels he is better waiting for the managers job at his local B&Q, rather than taking over a club that makes Sunderland look well organised! Aarrrgghhhhh
12 Posted 09/10/2017 at 12:12:52
Colin, his time in front of the mirror has exactly zero relevance unless it somehow affected his performance.
I agree though that he's not for Everton considering our lack of pace. Otherwise he'd have been very welcome.
13 Posted 09/10/2017 at 12:33:01
I think only the most nuttiest of fans would suggest he isn't.
As above, why can't more than one transfer be concluded at the same time?
It happened earlier with Pickford and Keane (Sandro?)
New owner same old shite
14 Posted 09/10/2017 at 13:04:41
Both slow ageing players who would have been on high wages.
15 Posted 09/10/2017 at 13:15:32
But he'd have died a death playing in the system Koeman has deployed so far.
To be fair though, I'd struggle to name a striker that could thrive in Koeman's current 4-2-1-1-1-1 system.
16 Posted 09/10/2017 at 13:46:20
Some are genuine deals gone wrong and some were just tabloid trash. Ultimately it's about who did sign and how they are performing which is quite dismal so far.
Klassen, Sandro and Gylfi stand out as underachievers so far but others are not far behind.
Of course, Koeman picks the team and lays out the strategies which have also been failures.
We, realistically cannot hope much will change till January or until he is relieved of his duties that he tenuously holds on to.
Looking forward to the next match we all hope that the performance will be better. Certainly we keep expecting a higher intensity level but confidence has been affected and until that is raised back up again it will be difficult.
Hard to say if Giroud would have made any difference to the results so far but clearly the defence has been all at sea in many games.
18 Posted 09/10/2017 at 17:54:39
He most definitely would have improved us. He is a proven goalscorer in the PL and would have provided a platform for the play and his clever touches would have brought others into the game.
For all of the moaning about his lack of pace, I have to say, it isn't the first thing that comes to mind when I have watched him previously. Kane isn't blessed with great speed- but would those same critics turn their noses up at him?
19 Posted 09/10/2017 at 18:35:57
20 Posted 09/10/2017 at 18:47:22
Come May, we will have a better idea who dodged the bullet: him or us.
21 Posted 09/10/2017 at 19:19:57
Perhaps Steve Walsh could give us the lowdown on Janchto!
After all he did spend 2 weeks in Italy, didnt he!
I know Ive said it before, but what does Walsh actually do?
22 Posted 10/10/2017 at 06:20:42
23 Posted 10/10/2017 at 09:55:13
If he doesn't want to come, then maybe Bas Dost is the man as he continues his impressive 1 goal per game scoring rate in Portugal.
24 Posted 10/10/2017 at 11:39:46
I don't care what our summer signings might say about coming because of Koeman. They would hardly say anything less would they? It's obvious that top players don't care a fig about Koeman's so-called reputation. He couldn't pull a whore on Amsterdam's Reeperbahn.
25 Posted 10/10/2017 at 12:37:00
The Reeperbahn is in Hamburg!
26 Posted 10/10/2017 at 21:16:14
Netherlands are 2-0 up from two goals by Robben, but need to win 7-0 to progress, so Sweden has really parked the bus. Netherlands are having a lot of possession, but their best chances after the break have come through Dost winning headers for the midfielders to run on.
Still waiting for Klaassen to come on. Also Sweden's Forsberg (RB Leipzig) looks useful.
Edit: Klaassen is on for Wijnaldum. He has 20 mins.
27 Posted 11/10/2017 at 14:52:15
If we're going to spend silly money on a striker, then it has to be Tosun of Turkey: skill, pace, balance, can use both feet and has a very good strike rate for both club and country.
At least he looks like a player that can excite the Goodison faithful... Giroud wouldn't.
28 Posted 11/10/2017 at 22:04:50
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31 Posted 12/10/2017 at 00:43:09
32 Posted 12/10/2017 at 13:56:42
I 'nearly' won the lottery last night but was only 6 numbers out!!
Can't be arsed reading about players who 'nearly' signed, we just don't care, all we care about is the ones we do sign!
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