Giroud opens up on his decision to leave Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud says Arsene Wenger’s decision to recruit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played a fundamental part in his decision to leave Arsenal in January.

The France international says the decision to move to Chelsea and give his career a new direction was logical especially after France coach Didier Deschamps encouraged him to quit the Emirates.

The 31-year-old also revealed that on top of an approach from Borussia Dortmund, his agent was also contacted by Sevilla and Roma.

“A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his (Deschamps’) opinion,” Giroud told French programme Telefoot.

“He didn’t encourage me to join Chelsea. But he encouraged me to change clubs.

“Dortmund were interested but for a loan deal. There was Seville and my agent also received a phone call from Roma. But my choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me.

“There are two central strikers at Chelsea. There will be good competition between us.”

Giroud turned down the chance to move to Everton and West Ham United in the summer despite Arsene Wenger making clear that Alexandre Lacazette, incoming from Lyon, would be his first choice striker. Despite the sale of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez, Giroud says that Aubameyang’s arrival was sign enough that he should move on.

“I had wanted to stay at Arsenal to try my luck even when Alex Lacazette arrived. The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang).

“When he signed, that made three central strikers and that is why I decided to leave.

“It was logical to give my career a new direction. There was a bit of disappointment even if I spent five magnificent years there.

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

While strengthening a rival is hardly ideal, Arsene Wenger said on Friday that his decision to allow Giroud to move across London was in part based on his respect for a player that had given his all for Arsenal since signing in 2012.

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Saadman

Cant him even after he joined chelsea

PV4

I miss the HFB and his numerous interventions, but u probably made the right choice (to leave). I’m also glad it’s just an 18 months contract, seeing you in blue will pierce me everyday.

Akkimaniac

He would’ve been a great plan B. He’ll probably do well at Chelsea.

Punter

Fair enough. Chelsea under Conte is less hateable than under that other moron.

Anonymarse

moronho

Anonymarse

Helps that we keep kicking their arses

Ebo

That’s so true! Man, I always just assume I hate Chelsea as much as any other club, so much that I haven’t even bothered in years checking with myself how much I hate them at any specific moment as the answer is always SO MUCH THAT I WISH ALL THEIR PLAYERS TO BE PLAGUED BY DEVASTATING SOUL-CRUSHING INJURIES. But your comment made me take a glance at the hate-o-meter and realise for the last year or so it’s been at least 20-30% lower than at any point under Mourinho for example. Of course it also helps they no longer feature such repugnant, nausea-inducing creatures as John Terry or Ashley Coles.

Meanwhile Man United who were also at that previously-thought-to-be-unsurpassable level of hate have now completely broken the meter.

FAXE

Ahhh… Hate. The spice of footbal fan life.

Fireman Sam

Speaking of hate…was good to see that diving prick Delle Twatti getting booked for simulation today. But Lamela’s so called penalty …what a joke. Is that what it’s come to now? What a bunch of cheating diving wankers Spuds are. Classless.

Finlay307

It’s really a shame we don’t have the best looking footballer any more 🙁 what a gorgeous lump of a man he is.

I hope he severely disrupts the Chelsea by seducing all their wives.

A P

He is no John Terry!

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

John Terry, the best looking footballer? Heh

ForeignGooner

We don’t need Giroud to morph into a disgustingly tall John Terry.

Badaab

We just don’t need John Terry.

A Different George

Luckily, as the Chelsea supporters have been known to sing, “there’s only one John Terry.”

dawn

He’s not a twat! HFB

Finlay307

No, John Terry is cunt.

Giroud is a beaut.

I just hope we sold him to Chelsea as a covert op to destroy their team.

Duno

Mushy! All the best to our HFB! It’s life. It happens.

dinkal

Farewell, you beautiful beautiful man.

Fletcher

Such a good man, if any consolation he could still help us by putting some goals into the net of our direct rivals, however, he will really be missed.

King_bilo

Not to take a jab at Giroud but isn’t it the same competition he will get at Chelsea that he’ll probably get at arsenal? In fact he might actually be at a better advantage playing for us because he has a very different style from the two main men.. Personally I think dortmund would definitely have been a better option if he was looking for playing time.. I don’t really see Chelsea helping him in his world cup aspirations

MrSweaty

I think staying in London was a big part of why he went to Chelsea over BVB or anywhere else. Also Morata hasn’t been in great form recently so the HFB probably thinks (and rightfully so) that he can be the main ST over there.

Donald\'s Trump

And probably Conte picks on form whereas Wenger decides once and then that’s it.

Yesman

He will be living in the bench. Bad move for him.

ice

Giroud is one of the few players that moved from Arsenal that I still have utmost respect for.

For some players you can understand the move and it is a mutual decision (Vieira, Henry, Fabregas, Toure, Walcott).

Some players I was glad to get rid as keeping them was becoming toxic (Anelka, Song, Hleb, Alexis). And Some players I hate for how they left and/or their behavior after leaving (Adebayor and Van Persie).

Giroud will always get a great reception at Arsenal as he was a warrior for us and gave his all everytime he put the shirt on.

Arsenal have always moved on to better things when we sell our best players and looks like we are doing so again….

COYG

Badaab

Sorry, but Cesc leaving the club was a decision he made… remember him pouting and going to an F1 race? Remember all the bullshit he said after leaving? I do.

Ice

But I could understand why Fabregas had to go to Barca. Its like Nelson goes to PSG now and in 5 years time becomes one of the best attacking players in the world….. If Arsenal said come back home and did everything to get him back, no one could begrudge him coming back to his home club, home town and home country and perform in front of all of his family and friends.

I don’t hate Fabregas and I don’t love him either. Never wanted him back when there were rumours prior to him joining Chelsea. A number of the players I have mentioned could have become Arsenal legends….. etched in history forever. Does a 10 year old know who Nicola Anelka is? Yet if he stayed it may be his statue outside Emirates instead of Henry’s. In ten years time no one will remember Van Persie also, yet if stayed until end of his career, he would have become a legend like Bergkamp…..

That’s why I absolutely love that Ozil signed up. The club is showing faith in him, and he has shown faith in return. Fans need to ignore media and just love him for what he is and I think people will talk about Ozil for decades……

Calm

In my honest opinion i believe the club was showiing faith in both Alexis and Ozil but Alexis is the bigger player/game changer so more of a bargaining tool to get something out of the market. Ozil though is quite smart and just had to hold back a bit longer in order for Sanchez to leave then he can get his big money wages as Arsenal could not lose 2 players deemed to be ‘World Class’. Decades you say. He will really had to be much much more consistent than he is currently and start grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck to bring us towards that championship.
Will totally miss Giroud though. A man who left it on the pitch and not for the media.

Big Cheese

Ozil and Sanchez were equally important for Arsenal, and Ozil slightly edges him out simply because he makes our entire attack click. Without Ozil we can be really horrible. We’re also lucky that we have Mkhi now, if anything happens to Ozil we have a high-quality playmaker to take his place.

DB10s

Same. I put myself in Cesc’s shoes.

It’s my hometown club, it’s my football idol coaching them and I get to play with the world’s best player.

Only wish he didn’t make such a fuss and lowered our bargaining power.

ChrisGoona

Brilliant points made Ice. Are you sure you are not the Ice Man himself?

Rich

I don’t recall anything toxic about the Anelka, Song or Hleb transfers. Two of them were the middle of summer, one was mid-August. None of them had been disruptive to the squad. None of them did a Nasri.

Ice

All three got their heads turned by dirty Barca/Madrid and started to become a nuisance within the squad (Anelka and Hleb were constantly sulking and Song became unprofessional in training etc). Later all three of them realised they were not as good elsewhere than what they were at the Arsenal.

Donald\'s Trump

Abelka was sulking the whole season. And let’s be fair if Barca or Real come calling, most people would go too. It’s not like these players are Arsenal fans.

Mpls

Perhaps I don’t remember it all that well (entirely possible) but Hleb did t seem the kind to go toxic.

Ice

By the way Nasri is in the cunt list with Van Persie and Adebayor. And John Terry is the captain of that list.

Finlay307

Cashley Cole is high on the list of cunts too

dawn

Think we could have been better with him, but Conte must have convinced him he’d get playing time! Can’t fault Oli, he’ll be 35 next World Cup!

Calm

Cesc a mutual decision? That was a toxic situation. Song on the other hand i was rather happy for after having a debut with fans booing you (showed how far he had rose in the world of football).

Asrar Ahmed

Have you read why Adebayor left?

ronaldo

no need to explain mate, you have gone as far as you could at arsenal, good luck at chelsea

shokim

I have the utmost respect for Oli’s class and professionalism. It would pain me to see him in blue but he needed to seek greener pastures in light of the World Cup this summer. All the best to you, HFB.

Stuck on repeat...

From purely a personal point of view, would have loved to have kept both Giroud & Theo at the club – at least until the summer. Would hsve given us such a great attacking line up, options & variety. Especially important for us if we take Europa seriously (which we should). Difficult to plan against too with such diverse options, but not sure AW would have exploited that to full tatical advantage.

I understand however, that that would affect playing time, & that plays a major role in a WC year (especially if it is to be a players last).

Also obviously potentially affects squad size restrictions.

Would move Danny Boy on…as we now have coverage for his role (but there probably wasn’t a market for him). Who knows…perhaps he’ll come good. Just don’t see it.

Wish Theo & Giroud well. Both have much respect. Both have made good moves & will do well. Feel sorry for Theo having to play for Fat Sam though.

Mpls

There’s definitely a job for Danny in the prem. The confidence of a more serious regular starting role like what Theo’s done would probably help improve him.

tiny

Fair play to Giroud. He’s moved to Cuntski and yet the fans will still wish him all the best and sing his name when he returns to the Emirates. Thats the mark of a gentleman who always gave his best and treated the fans with true respect.

santori

Nothing we don’t know.

His situation not helped by Wenger adding on another striker from market (who is cup tied for Europa)

So in a sense we also gave him the push too early.

BUT he obviously prefers to hold his cards and options open which is why it is only 18 months on contract.

Come the summer, he will reassess options in market after the Wcup with only one season left on contract with Chelsea.

Meanwhile he gets to feature potentially in CL (which we can’t offer at the moment) and he gets to stay with his missus in London.

So not a bad option considering we limited his opportunities further at the Emirates (in some ways potentially prematurely)

Godfrey Twatsloch

It’s hardly news that Duchamp was the instigator of this. I understand HFB’s decision and hold no anger toward him but regardless of mitigating circumstances I’ll NEVER EVER be even remotely comfortable with him at Chelsea. For his role in this sorry affair Duchamp can get fucked!

Big Cheese

Deschamps.

Godfrey Twatsloch

“A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his (Deschamps’) opinion,”

So he dictates what our players should do? I’d fucking lay him on his arse for that if I was Wenger.

“He didn’t encourage me to join Chelsea. But he encouraged me to change clubs.”

Someone seriously needs to put a foot up his cheese and garlic eating arse!

Lack of Perspective

Violence and generalization. You sir are a treat!

Godfrey Twatsloch

And you sir are the one who’ll pop up for a snarky comment here and there but otherwise remains silent. I regard you not as much a treat as a troll.

Lack of Perspective

With pleasure sir.

MerteXhaka

What do you mean? Wenger wanted Giroud to go, and he was okay with him going to Chelsea because Giroud’s family wants to stay in London.

Deschamps selects the team that goes to Russia this summer, and him andthe HFB obviously have a good relationship. The advice he gives him will obviously be in Giroud’s interest rather than Arsenal’s. If Wenger has decided to sell, why would he be angry at deschamps for looking out for Giroud?

Godfrey Twatsloch

From my interpretation Giroud was happy to stay at Arsenal until Deschamps started sabre rattling about losing his France spot if he didn’t move on.

You can think that’s OK or not. Maybe you do but I don’t.

Why not

Its in Frances interest for Giroud to go to the WC. It is in his interest also. To do so and be effective he needs to play. Deschamps is doing his job properly.

Godfrey Twatsloch

Sure but it’s in our interest to have him as a threat to bring on in the last 30 minutes when things don’t go to plan or when we need to rotate. He’s done very well like that and would have provided France with fresh legs and been every bit the effective goal scorer he was for us.

But it’s the move to Chelsea that really irks me. We should have been able to keep him until the end of the season and then let him go. Bot NOT fucking Chelsea! For fucks sake ANYWHERE but there!!!

Him staying to the end of the season would have left us with the back up while Lacazette and Aubameyang are adjusting.

A Different George

One more time: Dortmund would not sell us Aubameyang without a replacement; they wanted Batshuayi. Chelsea would not allow him to go to Dortmund unless they had a replacement; they wanted Giroud. If Giroud had been willing to go to Dortmund to replace Auba, then Chelsea would have been left out of it. But he was not willing to do so (as is his right) at least in part because of the disruption to his family, including a new baby. So, to get Aubameyang, we needed to let Chelsea have Giroud. That was the choice we had; all the rest (a loan to West Ham, etc.) is wishful thinking.

dawn

Oli had got 2 cup competitions to play in. Surely two winners medals and a fresh Giroud is enough to go to the World Cup even for Deschamps?

Chippys chip

But hey we have Rambo with all that “chaos he creates in our game” and my Mrs reckons he is more handsome than the french bloke. Wont miss him too much.

Godfrey Twatsloch

He did very well yesterday. When was the last time he played like that?

And for the record, I couldn’t be happier if what he’s doing works like it did yesterday. But for a long time it hasn’t. Hence my criticism.

My Mrs doesn’t like Giroud in the looks department at all. “Bad skin and his nose is too french.”.

Chippys chip

Im maybe a bit too gratefull for two cup winning goals. A bit sympathetic about that smashed up leg, but when he is on form can make more difference than others. Lol poor oli even rambos beard is better.

Godfrey Twatsloch

I know he’s a fine player because I’ve seen it and that is what makes it all the more frustrating when he under performs. Whether that’s down to poor instruction or poor discipline is up for debate. I lean towards poor discipline but I’m not averse to the possibility of it being the other.

Lack of Perspective

The twatsloch family do not like the french do they.

Godfrey Twatsloch

The Von Twatsloch’s actually have a long and very loving relationship with France. From the writers via the famous auteurs, actors, actresses and of course to the genius who was Serge Gainsbourg. Too many great names to mention even a few. And then their footballing tradition.

So no, wrong on all co0unts.

dawn

need to go to Specsavers too! Giroud is an absolute DISH!

Godfrey Twatsloch

Horses for courses though, isn’t it?

swongken

john terry is a cunt.

Godfrey Twatsloch

So is Deschamps!

Jackbut

no hard feeling for Oliver

Bobbyt

I wish him all the best, great player and a true gunner! Hope he has a great World Cup if he makes it

Alexit Micki Aubarsenal
Alexit Micki Aubarsenal

Giroud can easily overcome the £70m Morata by scoring loads of goals.

MartyParty

miss him already

Samgunz

Good luck playing counter attack with him Conte… Prepare for another bench Olivier… Should’ve gone for some sun in Seville

Ray Dennis

Good luck Olly you done a great job for us and will always be appreciated as a true Gooner x

Big Cheese

Great player, very loyal, and he scored some great fucking goals for Arsenal. I’ll miss Giroud bigtime.