Joining Chelsea was the ´obvious´ choice, says Giroud


Joining Chelsea was the ´obvious´ choice, says Giroud

The France striker had fallen badly out of favour under Wenger this season and made a deadline day move across London to Chelsea for a fee of £18million on transfer deadline day.

"I spoke with Didier Deschamps".

"But the choice was clear and obvious once I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me".

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had been searching for a striker throughout the January transfer window, seeing him linked with numerous forwards like Roma's Edin Dzeko, West Ham's Andy Carroll, and Stoke City's Peter Crouch.

"I could have stayed, but I needed a solution to get back in". He didn't encourage me to join Chelsea.

Chelsea's new hitman has acknowledged that Aubameyang's arrival would have reduced his playing time even more if he stayed at Arsenal and admits he is unhappy with the events that led to his exit.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday morning, Wenger said: "First of all I think ideally you want him to go to clubs who do not compete with you".

The Frenchman netted 105 times in 253 appearances for the north London club, averaging a goal every two-and-a-half matches across all competitions. "There was Sevilla too and at one point my agent received a call from Roma". The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker.

"He encouraged me to change clubs", added Giroud, who signed an 18-month deal with the English Premier League champions. "With his signing at Arsenal, it was three top strikers, and that's why I chose to leave", Giroud told the French publication, Telefoot.

Chelsea FC are now preparing for their Premier League trip to Watford on Monday night as they look to try and bounce back to winning ways after their loss to Bournemouth last week. "There was a bit of disappointment even if I spent five magnificent years there".



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