Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Olivier Giroud signs for Chelsea from Arsenal in £18million transfer

Olivier Giroud has completed his move to Chelsea for £18million.
The France striker leaves arsenal having played in their 3-1defeat to Swansea on Tuesday night, coming off the bench in the latter stages of the game.
Giroud has now signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge,where he will provide much needed competition for the struggling Alvaro Morata,reports the Mirror .
Giroud has found it hard to win his place inthe Arsenalstarting XIthis season,withmanagerArsene Wenger preferring to start Alexandre Lacazette in hisplace.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's arrival to the emirates has forced the 31-year-old, who was keen to stay in London despite Borussia Dortmund links, out of the club.
For Chelsea, it is a positive end to their search for a new striker.
Theirmove for West Ham's Andy Carrollwas scupperedthrough injury, while they also considered moves for Ashley Barnes,Peter Crouch and Edin Dzeko.
Giroud was a surprise inclusion in Arsenals squad for thegame against Swansea given the transfer rumours.
He went over to the a way end at the end to say what looked like a goodbye following the game.
In a glowing tribute following the game, Wenger said:“It's a tribute to Olivier because he’s a guy who gave great service to the club, never let us down on the commitment front and saved us many times.
"I have absolutely no doubt,when I ask him if he is ready to commit and he says yes.
“I have no problem with that and put him on because it was needed. Unfortunately he was a difficult situation for him but he always had his heart100 per cent in the team and was committed.
“He’sanArsenalman, after that he needs to play as well because he has not played many games in the Premier League since the startof the season. He’s a regular player in the French national team.
"he has a world Cup where France will go, places of course are difficult to get.”


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