Published On: Wed, May 8th, 2013

Gunner came close to Bundesliga move

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has revealed that before he made his £11million switch to the Gunners last summer he was set to join Champions League finalists Bayern Munich.

As the Metro reports, Giroud, who joined the London club from Montpellier, had agreed to join the German giants, however, after an impressive Euro 2012 Mario Mandzukic was considered to be a better option for Die Bayern and the deal fell through.

“My agent spoke to them and it was approved by people at Bayern,’ Giroud said.

“But they wanted to wait for the Euros and Mandzukic had a great Euros. To be pursued by Bayern, it is good.”


Mandzukic has proven himself as a great signing for Bayern, having scored 19-goals so far this season, and has usurped Mario Gomez to become the club’s first choice forward.

Giroud has had a similarly successful campaign with seventeen goals and eleven assists, yet he has found himself being criticised by the Gunners support.

The French international has been quick to defend himself stating: “The criticism has not always been deserved, but they push you on. Seventeen goals and eleven assists- that is better than Henry or Drogba in their first season.”


Nevertheless the forward is aware of the expectations that is placed on a player at Arsenal and the size of the boots he was brought in to fill.

“I replaced Robin van Persie and when you arrive at a big club like that, they are very demanding towards you,” Giroud reasoned.

Although criticisms may have been aimed at Giroud the Frenchman’s has caught the eyes of Paris Saint-Germain, as the club are reportedly monitoring the player, hoping to give him a chance to return to the French Ligue 1.

However, has stated that he settled in London, adding: ‘PSG? They are clearly very attractive but I’m happy where I am.’

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