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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Olivier Giroud admits leaving Arsenal is 'an option' with Everton among interested clubs

French striker's future at the FA Cup winners thrown into doubt following arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

Olivier Giroud, third from right, was among the Arsenal players displaying the new third kit in Sydney, Australia as part of Arsenal's pre-season tour. Paul Miler / EPA
Olivier Giroud, third from right, was among the Arsenal players displaying the new third kit in Sydney, Australia as part of Arsenal's pre-season tour. Paul Miler / EPA

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has said leaving the club could be "an option" as speculation continues to surround his future with the FA Cup winners.

The arrival of fellow France international Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £53 million (Dh251m) has put Giroud's Arsenal future in doubt, with Everton, West Ham United, and Marseille all reported to be interested in his services.

And for the first time, Giroud has suggested that leaving Arsenal is a possibility.

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"It is an option to be honest with you," he said.

"I'm here in pre-season, I wanted to travel. Some people asked me if I am going to travel or not and of course, I am Arsenal player and for the moment I am here so I just want to prepare well for the season and we will see later.

"It is true that I really enjoyed my five years with Arsenal. I'm still an Arsenal player for the moment so I try to be professional. No matter what happens, I did my job on the pitch.

"It's been five years that I've been here. It could be my sixth one. I had an amazing welcome from the fans and from the club and it has been five amazing years for me.

"I won't forget it, no matter what happens. We will see about my future but I am still an Arsenal player for the moment."

Fellow Premier League club Everton have been strongly linked with Giroud as they look to replace Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United for £75m this week.

Indeed Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi said last week the club are set to "finalise a deal for Giroud".