Giroud Reveals Why He Joined Arsenal Rivals Chelsea
Olivier Giroud Reveals Why He Joined Arsenal Rivals Chelsea
Olivier Grioud made the switch between Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in January, and now revealed why he decided to join the Blues.
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The 31-year-old joined Antonio Conte’s side in a deal worth €17 million (R252 million), according to Transfermarkt.
He had also been heavily linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund, with the Bundesliga side understood to be keen to include him in the transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal.
However, Giroud now explained why he wanted to stay in England, and which role Conte played in his decision after Michy Batshuayi’s loan move to Dortmund allowed the merry-go-around between the Giroud, Aubameyang and the Batshuayi.
"The most important thing was talking with the coach, Antonio Conte," Giroud told Chelsea's official website.
"I felt like he really wanted me and he really wanted to work with me.
"I don't know him very well but I like the positive energy he brings from the side of the pitch, always supporting his players, talking to them.
"I wanted to sign for Chelsea and nowhere else. I really wanted to play more. I wanted to stay in the Premier League, and Chelsea for me is perfect because I can even stay in London.
"But the first reason is the sporting challenge. That has always been my first priority. Everything is here for me to be happy.
"My ambition is to win some trophies. That's why I am playing football. I am a competitor and I want to win again and again.
"I want to score as many goals as I can to help the team to always reach our target and to be as decisive as I possibly can be."
Giroud will be available for Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League squad and is relishing the chance to face FC Barcelona in the first knockout round of the competition.
"The Champions League is massive for a football player," he added.
"There is nothing above it when you're playing for a club.
"There will be two nice games against Barcelona. We know their qualities and I think everybody will need to be 100 per cent to go through. It will be very exciting and I'm looking forward to it."
Giorud has only scored seven goals in 26 appearances for Arsenal this season, but only started one Premier League game so far.
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