Olivier Giroud discusses Arsenal manager’s decision to allow Chelsea FC move

The Chelsea FC striker lifts the lid on conversation with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger about his January move

Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud Photo: Chelsea TV

Olivier Giroud has revealed that Arsene Wenger’s desire to see the striker at the World Cup motivated the Arsenal boss to sanction his move to Chelsea FC.

The France international completed a £21m move to the defending Premier League champions from their north London rivals on deadline day in the January transfer window.

Giroud had found his first-team opportunities limited in the opening half of the season under Wenger following the arrival of his France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette.

His lack of competitive minutes was threatening to cast doubt on his potential participation at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

The 31-year-old has already made his mark at Stamford Bridge after he made an assist in his first Blues start in a 3-0 win over West Brom in the Premier League.

Giroud opened his Chelsea FC account with a precise finish in a 4-0 win over Championship side Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round last week.

And the Chelsea FC signing revealed Wenger’s desperation to see Giroud at the World Cup motivated the manager’s decision to allow the Arsenal favourite to move across London to the Blues.

“The coach immediately said to me: ‘Don’t worry, I will do my best so that you are happy’,” Giroud told France Football.

“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.”

Chelsea FC are in fourth place in the Premier League and two spots ahead of Arsenal.

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