Arsenal striker could have signed for Bayern Munich
Arsenal transfer news: Olivier Giroud was on the radar of Bayern Munich last summer
The 26-year-old has enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Premier League after arriving in north London from reigning Ligue 1 champions Montpellier in a reported £10million deal.
Now it has emerged that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger did well to bring the France international to the Emirates Stadium, after Giroud's agent held talks with this year's Champions League finalists about the possibility of a switch to the Bundesliga.
However, any chance of moving to the Allianz Arena was ended after Jupp Heynckes opted instead to sign Mario Mandzukic following his spectacular showing for Croatia at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
Giroud has gone on to plunder 17 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season in an attempt to try and help fill the void left by Robin van Persie, who left the club to sign for Manchester United in a £24million deal last summer.
And, despite receiving mixed reviews from pundits and fans, the forward insists he has no regrets about missing out on Bayern Munich and instead signing for Arsenal.
Asked if he spoke to the German giants directly, Giroud is quoted by The Sun: "Not directly but my agent was and it was validated by Bayern. They wanted time to watch the Euros and Mandzukic had a good tournament.
"The fact I was wooed by Arsenal is good. I'm very happy here. English football is what I hoped for. The people live, eat and sleep football here."