Olivier Giroud said that he “really wanted” to join Arsenal in 2012.
The striker moved to north London from Montpellier six years ago, scoring 105 goals in 253 games for Arsenal.
He left the club in January to join London rivals Chelsea, where he is yet to score his first goal.
The 31-year-old has reminisced over his first Premier League move however, where he was so desperate to join Arsenal that he was happy to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie.
Van Persie left the same summer Giroud joined however, meaning that everyone was bloody happy in the end anyway.
“After Montpellier, there was the choice of Arsenal and another club,” he told L’Equipe.
“My agent asked me if I was sure I wanted to go to Arsenal. I replied: ‘Of course, it is that or nothing, even if there is [Robin] van Persie, the star of the club because I know I will have my chance’.
“I really wanted to go there. And then Van Persie left.
“But my choices have never been motivated by the easiest thing to do or the money. And until now, these sporting choices have proved to be rather good and rewarding.
“The situation at Arsenal could not have been worse and it was really a step forward. With Chelsea, I think I have surprised people. I have come to the English club which has won the most titles over the last 10 years – that says everything.”
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