Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud: I made the "best choice" by rejecting Everton

     Olivier Giroud has one Premier League goal this season from all his substitute appearances

GETTY Olivier Giroud has one Premier League goal this season from all his substitute appearances

The youngster exploded onto the Premier League scene on debut for Everton, scoring in the Merseyside club's 4-0 win over Manchester City last season.

The club-record signing of Giroud's France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette left his future up in the air. I was very close to another English club - Everton - but I think I made the best choice, ' Giroud told French broadcasters Canal Football Club prior to Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier against Belarus.

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Despite only starting three games all season, in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup, the French worldwide has ruled out further possibility of making the switch to Goodison Park in January if Everton were to register their interest in the player again.

Arsenal on the other hand are in fifth and will be looking for a replacement for star winger Alexis Sanchez who is likely to leave the club in the January window.

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Giroud, who also turned down Marseille and Lyon this summer, would not rule out a return to France: "I have a lot of respect for Marseille, I was a fan for years". I didn't want to return to France. The 31-year-old has not started a top-flight game this term though he did bring up a century of goals for Arsenal in the recent Europa League at BATE Borisov.

Lookman has made just 12 appearances for the Toffees since arriving from Charlton Athletic in January 2017 and has not played a single minute in the Premier League this season, despite Ronald Koeman's side having won just twice.

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Everton striker Ademola Lookman has already struggled for game time so far this season.

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