French striker Olivier Giroud reveals why he left Arsenal to join Chelsea

French striker Olivier Giroud reveals why he left Arsenal to join Chelsea

French striker Olivier Giroud reveals why he left Arsenal to join Chelsea

Wenger had nothing but good things to say about Giroud after the transfer went through and he insisted that the move suited all parties, despite the Gunners having once again sold to one of their close rivals.

Giroud had been linked with a switch for much of the month after struggling to oust Lacazette from the starting XI in the first half of the season and he revealed that Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Roma were all in the hunt.

Chelsea's new hitman has acknowledged that Aubameyang's arrival would have reduced his playing time even more if he stayed at Arsenal and admits he is unhappy with the events that led to his exit.

"I spoke to [France manager] Didier Deschamps about my situation".

However, once Antonio Conte's interest was known, Giroud's mind was made up.

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'I could have stayed, but I needed a solution to get back in.

Giroud has been a consistent part of Deschamps's plans despite a plethora of attacking talent in France, and the target man has scored 29 goals in 69 France appearances. He didn't encourage me to join Chelsea. The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang). "With his signing at Arsenal, it was three top strikers, and that's why I made a decision to leave", Giroud told the French publication, Telefoot. There was Seville and my agent also received a phone call from Roma. Ahead of the clash, Giroud opened up about his transfer to Chelsea in an interview with Telefoot and said he was very much clear where he wanted to play once he knew Chelsea were interested in him as he didn't want to leave England.

"It was logical to give my career a new direction".

'There was a bit of disappointment, even though I spent five wonderful years there.

"I know that Conte appreciates my profile, we work well together".

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