New Chelsea FC signing sends message to Arsene Wenger

Olivier Giroud lifts the lid on his decision to leave Arsenal and sign for Chelsea FC in the January transfer window

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New Chelsea FC signing Olivier Giroud Photo: Chelsea TV

Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was disappointed by Arsene Wenger’s decision to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal and that waas one of the main reasons why he opted to move to Chelsea.

The 31-year-old has signed an 18-month contract with the Blues after completing his move to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Giroud was deemed to be surplus to requirements at The Emirates by Wenger after Gunners moved to quickly bolster their attacking options last month with the signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang.

The striker was naturally keen to get some regular playing time as he bids to earn a place in the World Cup squad with France for this summer’s major tournament in Russia.

And Giroud has admitted that there was some disappointment about Wenger’s decision to bring in a new striker in the January transfer window.

Speaking to Telefoot, Giroud said: “The fact is that the coach wanted to recruit a new striker and with Aubameyang’s signing at Arsenal, there were three top strikers, and that’s why I decided to leave.

“It made sense for me to take a new direction in my career.

“There was a bit of disappointment, even though I spent five wonderful years there.

“I could have stayed, but I needed a solution to get back in. I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me.”

Aubameyang scored his first goal for Arsenal in the Gunners’ 5-1 victory over Everton at The Emirates on Saturday night.

Giroud will be hoping to play a regular role in the Chelsea FC team between now and the end of the season as he searches for some regular playing time.

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