Arsene Wenger has denied Sam Allardyce’s claims over Olivier Giroud’s failed move to Everton.
Giroud was the subject of interest from Everton in the summer, with the Toffees looking to replace Romelu Lukaku.
Ronald Koeman had targeted Giroud but his failure to sign him contributed in part to his own eventual sacking.
The Frenchman has still not broken into the Arsenal first team however, and some have mooted a winter move.
When asked whether Everton would move for Giroud again in January, Allardyce replied:
“I wouldn’t have thought so because he refused to come last time.
“He doesn’t want to move north of London, I don’t think. Or his wife doesn’t. It is very important to the wives you know.
“Normally they are the bosses, I say that with experience.”
But when asked whether Giroud’s wife prevented him from moving to Merseyside, Wenger replied: “No, I don’t think so.
“He could have joined Everton and stayed basically in London.
“I don’t think that was the problem.”