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Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that he “had Olivier Giroud in the building” only for the Arsenal striker to have a late change of heart about making the move.
After being sacked on Monday, Koeman pinpointed missing out on Giroud and failing to replace Romelu Lukaku as the key reasons for why things fell apart for him at Everton.
Koeman told Dutch football magazine Voetbal International.
“I had Olivier Giroud in the building. He would have fitted perfectly but, at the very last moment, he decided to stay at Arsenal. That was really hard to swallow.”
“Lukaku was a very important player for us, but not just because of his goals. If things were not going well in a game and we could not play the way we were used to, there was always the option to use the long ball towards him.
Olivier Giroud joined Arsenal in summer of 2012 from Montpellier for a reported £9.6m transfer fee. He has played in 241 matches so far and scored 101 goals for the club. The French striker won the three FA Cup titles with the Gunners.