Olivier Giroud has conceded that he was baffled to leave Arsenal however is anticipating a new test at Chelsea.

The 31-year-old striker marked for the Blues for £18 million from their London matches after Arsenal gobbled up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, while Michy Batshuayi went from Stamford Bridge on advance to the German club.

Having begun only one of his 16 appearances in the Premier League this season after the entry of Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud looked for a move far from Arsenal in January keeping in mind the end goal to play all the more routinely.


“The truth of the matter is that the mentor needed to enlist another striker and with Aubameyang’s marking at Arsenal, there were three best strikers, and that is the reason I chose to leave,” Giroud told Telefoot.

“It seemed well and good for me to take another heading in my vocation. There was a touch of disillusionment, despite the fact that I burned through five superb years there.

“I could have stayed, yet I required an answer for get back in. I needed to remain in the Premier League and Chelsea was an awesome open door for me.”

He included that France supervisor Didier Deschamps had implied that he expected to move keeping in mind the end goal to win a billet at the World Cup in the late spring.

“I talked with Deschamps,” he said. “He didn’t instruct me to move to Chelsea, yet he told me to move clubs.”

The chance to work with Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge was one he didn’t wish to turn down and he is confident of testing Alvaro Morata for amusement time.

“My decision was very evident and clear when I realized that Antonio Conte needed to work with me,” he included.

“The discussion was more critical, I realize that Conte values my profile, we will function admirably together.

“[Morata and I] are the two primary strikers at Chelsea. There will be great rivalry between us.”

For sure, Chelsea were a long way from alone in pursuing the inside forward.

“Dortmund were keen on me, however for a credit, there was Sevilla as well and at one point my specialist got a call from Roma,” he uncovered.

Giroud burned through five and a half years at Arsenal in the wake of marking from Ligue 1 side Montpellier and went ahead to win three FA Cups with Arsene Wenger’s side.