Giroud: My beautiful Arsenal story ends today

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Olivier Giroud has paid tribute to the Arsenal fans after calling time on his five and a half year spell at the Emirates.

The France international completed his move to Chelsea this afternoon in a deal reported to be worth around £18.5 million.

Taking to Twitter, Giroud wrote: “I spent five and a half amazing years within the arsenal family. This beautiful story ends today.

“Thank you for your warm welcome. I would like to especially thank the fans for their unconditional support upon my arrival.”

In a statement on the Arsenal.com, Arsene Wenger thanked Giroud for his commitment to the cause since signing in 2012.

“Oli is a guy who gave great service to the club, he never let us down on the commitment front and he saved us many times,” said Arsene Wenger.

“We signed him from Montpellier and he became a strong, regular international player for France, and we have gone together through good and bad. But always I believe that his behaviour has been top, top class.

“He always had his heart 100 per cent in the team and he was committed.”

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