Olivier Giroud has gone into details about the reasons why he swapped Arsenal for Chelsea on deadline day (via The Mirror).
It was a move which came out of nowhere and quickly materialised as Olivier Giroud swapped Arsenal for Chelsea on deadline day in January.
The French forward Stamford Bridge after spending over five years at Arsenal, scoring 105 goals in 253 matches.
Now, the former Montpellier man has revealed the reason why Arsene Wenger sanctioned his move to Chelsea.
“I went to see the coach to ask him where he was with Aubameyang.” Giroud revealed in an interview with France Football.
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“I put him under a bit of pressure, like my agent, who I spoke to several times a day. It is normal. I did not want to be deprived of going to Chelsea which was the best solution for me,
“The coach immediately said to me: ‘Don’t worry, I will do my best so that you are happy’. On one side, it was normal. I had never asked to leave.
“On the other, I knew that he would not cause problems given the relationship we had always had. He even said to me that it would p*** him off if I did not go to Russia.
“I could not bring myself to spend another year at Arsenal and remain a reserve, even a second reserve. The future looked gloomy with the arrival of a new striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang). I wanted to become happier again by playing, so I left – it is as simple as that.”
It’s a deal which made a lot of sense for all parties. Olivier Giroud needed to play football and after his fine service to the club over recent years, Arsenal gave the player the move he wanted.