Club director explains why Chelsea signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia sheds light on the defending champions' decision to sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on deadline day

New Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud Photo: Olivier Giroud / Twitter

Chelsea FC have signed a proven talent in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to club director Marina Granovskaia.

The France international sealed a reported £21m switch to the defending Premier League champions from their north London rivals on transfer deadline day.

Giroud has signed an 18-month contract with the Blues and has been handed the number 18 shirt at Premier League title holders.

The 31-year-old’s departure from Arsenal comes a matter of hours after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived in a club record £56m deal from Borussia Dortmund.

Giroud has found his first-team opportunities limited at the Gunners this season following one start and 14 substitute appearances in the Premier League this term.

The French forward leaves Arsenal with a decent goal record after the target man netted 105 times in 253 games in all competitions, winning three FA Cup crowns.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia shed light on the west London side’s decision to sign Giroud from their top-six rivals.

“Olivier is a proven talent at the top level and we are very pleased to call him a Chelsea player,” Granovskaia told Chelsea’s website.

“He has scored goals regularly throughout his career and is well accustomed to English football and the Premier League. We are sure he will be a fantastic signing.”

Chelsea are in third place in the Premier League table in pursuit of a Champions League qualifying spot.

The Blues will take on La Liga giants Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 next month.

The west London side are a long way behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

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