Arsenal Star Confirms Bayern Munich Interest

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he had interest from Bayern Munich last summer, before he eventually joined Arsenal, according to the Metro.

The French striker has had a decent first season in English football, scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists, though he has also gained a reputation for squandering easy chances on occasion.

The former Montpellier man is pleased with his performances, and also admits it is flattering to have been pursued by a big team like Bayern Munich.

“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.

“I replaced [Robin] Van Persie and when you arrive at a big club like that, they are very demanding towards you.

“The criticism has not always been deserved, but they push you on. 17 goals and 11 assists – that is better than Henry and Drogba in their first seasons.

“This is the quality I have. I have got better with this team and this staff – it is another level. And I want to continue to improve.”

Bayern are also said to be chasing Giroud’s Arsenal team-mate, defender Laurent Koscielny, as they look to make a host of signings next summer under new boss Pep Guardiola.

Meanwhile, Giroud has also been watched by big-spending PSG, who could look to lure the 26-year-old back to Ligue 1. Though he says he is happy to stay at Arsenal for now.

“PSG? They are clearly very attractive but I am happy where I am.”

Despite Giroud’s progress, Arsenal have been linked with additions to their strikeforce this summer, most notably with QPR striker Loic Remy and Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina.

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