Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has again declared he was close to joining Everton last summer.

Giroud admits he found his bench role last season frustrating.

He told Canal Football Club: “How do I live my substitute status at Arsenal? At the time I said it would be hard to bear.

“I had the opportunity to leave this summer. I was very close to signing in another English club, Everton.

“I’m glad I stayed. It’s my choice and it’s the best choice.”