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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud: I was close to leaving, but...

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admits he was close to leaving over the summer.

Giroud spoke today after the speculation over the last transfer window.

He stated: "It is a very private decision.

"It is true that I was close to leaving the club because I wanted to play. After big reflection with my family, my close friends, I decided to stay.

"I thought the story wasn't finished at Arsenal.

"The club gave me a lot and I still want to win some more trophies with the club."

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