'Clear and obvious choice' - Giroud reveals why Chelsea move was the only one he wanted after leaving Arsenal
Former Arsenal goliath Olivier Giroud has labelled his deadline day move to Chelsea as obvious, despite being linked with numerous clubs.
Giroud, who became a fan favourite at the Emirates, joined Chelsea over Sevilla, Roma and Borussia Dortmund – ending a six year association with the Gunners.
Speaking to Telefoot, the 6’4 target man stated that moving to Chelsea was the best choice for him, as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang became his replacement at Arsenal,
“Dortmund were interested but for a loan deal. There was Sevilla and my agent also received a phone call from Roma,
“But my choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me.”
Giroud scored 105 goals for Arsenal, and could make his debut for Chelsea this evening, as Antonio Conte’s men travel to face Watford in the Premier League.
The 31-year-old admitted that the upcoming World Cup was another influence for swaping clubs, as the French international was not earning enough game time at the Emirates to warrant a place in this France squad,
“A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his [Deschamps, France manager] opinion. He didn’t encourage me to join Chelsea. But he encouraged me to change clubs.”
Giroud had fallen down the pecking-order at Arsenal, and following the arrival of Aubameyang was the third choice striker, also behind his compatriot Alexandre Lacazette.
In other Arsenal news, it has been reported that Liverpool are ready to pounce on this soon-to-be out of contract Gunners midfielder.