​Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was on the verge of leaving the Gunners in the summer transfer window but he convinced himself to stay at the Emirates and do well for the team.

The French striker has scored 99 goals for the North London club after setting foot in London in 2012. Giroud will be gunning for his 100th Arsenal goal when they face Cologne in the Europa League this week.

West Ham, Everton and Marseille were interested in signing the forward in the summer transfer window after Arsenal announced the blockbuster signing of Alexandre Lacazette but he personally informed Arsene Wenger that he would like to stay at the club.

Speaking to ​Daily Mail, Giroud said, "It's true I was close to leaving the club. I said I wanted to play but after big reflection with everybody around me like my family and close friends in a supportive way I decided I wanted to stay at the Arsenal."

The forward believes he still has a lot to offer to the Gunners and win trophies with the club in the near future. He said, "I thought the story was not finished at Arsenal. The club has brought me a lot and I want to give it back, improve and win more trophies. I said to the boss our story is not finished."

Giroud will hope start ahead of star forward Lacazette as Arsenal kick off their Europa League campaign against Cologne this week.