Patrice Evra claims that he’s not disappointed with Olivier Giroud’s decision to turn down a move to Marseille this summer.
Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, insists that he’s not disappointed with Giroud’s decision to turn down a move to Marseille this summer.
“Olivier was contacted, it was his choice. You cannot force people to come to Marseille so I can not be disappointed, I do the best job in the world,” the 36-year-old told French outlet, La Provence [via Metro].
“A player must not be concerned about the market, he must be irreproachable on the ground.
“The rest belongs to the management. When I hear a player say “we are going to sign this player, I tell him to stop.”
The striker was also linked with moves to Everton and West Ham. However, the 30-year-old claims that he couldn’t find a club that fit him and his heart told him to stay at Arsenal.
“To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay,” said Giroud. “I have been hesitating because I am the most happy man when I play and I am on the pitch. I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club.
“I feel good in my head and also physically. So I am 100 per cent focused on the club project.”
The France international became frustrated last season after only making 11 Premier League starts despite having an excellent goal-per-minute ratio.
Although the big guy only signed a contract extension with Arsenal at the beginning of the year, given his age, this only takes him up to 2019 and, according to the BBC’s David Ornstein, the Gunners made it known that Giroud was available this summer.
Fortunately, Big Sexy decided to stay put and has already scored Arsenal’s only winning goal of the 2017/18 campaign so far.
It’ll be interesting to see if Giroud gets the nod against Bournemouth on Saturday. Although considering both he and new record signing Alexandre Lacazette were benched during Arsenal’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool, who knows what sort of side Arsene Wenger will put out.