New Chelsea FC signing explains his reasons for joining the Blues

Olivier Giroud has lifted the lid on his decision to sign for Chelsea FC from Arsenal in the January transfer window

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
olivier giroud
Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud Photo: Screengrab

Olivier Giroud has insisted that he chose to leave Arsenal and sign for Chelsea FC in the January transfer window because he was in need of a new challenge.

The French striker has been settling into life at Stamford Bridge after having signed for the west London side from Arsenal in January as he looked to gain some more regular first-team football.

Giroud had struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Arsenal in the opening months of the season and the 31-year-old was keen to move gain more minutes ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer.

And the former Gunners star has now lifted the lid on his decision to leave The Emirates to sign for Arsenal’s London rivals.

Giroud is quoted as saying by Metro: “You have to be demanding with yourself. I signed to Chelsea to have a new challenge.

“When you sign like that in January, it’s never easy because you have to acclimatise to your team. But I really wanted to be ready right away, even though I was coming back from almost six weeks of injury.

“The coach [Antonio Conte] started me in the second game [a 3-0 win over West Brom] and it made me comfortable. It went very well. Then, it is true that I could have done better in some matches.

“But overall, I repeat, it is very encouraging.”

Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in a crunch top-four clash at Stamford Bridge.

The west London side are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and break into the top four before the season is out.

Chelsea FC beat Leicester City 2-1 before the international break to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
ATP Awards: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic headline nominees again, but fresh names emerge
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Gary Lineker sends message to Mo Salah after Liverpool FC beat Huddersfield
The Sport Review
Paul Merson makes worrying Chelsea FC claim about Eden Hazard’s form
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger sends warning to Arsenal about Aaron Ramsey situation