Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea from rival Arsenal in a transfer deadline day move.

By 90Min
February 14, 2018

Olivier Giroud's need to play regularly was the reason he left Arsenal for Chelsea, according to the striker himself, while he also called his new club 'perfect for him'.

The 31-year-old France international joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal in an £18m deadline day move this January, as part of a triangle of moves that saw the Gunners sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Dortmund take the Blues' Michy Batshuayi on loan.

Giroud had started just once for Arsenal in the Premier League in 2017/18, and he unsurprisingly cites this is his motivation to change clubs

“It’s been a while since I played regularly and that’s why I needed to move. I needed a new challenge and Chelsea was the perfect club for me," he said, as quoted by the Mirror.

The former Montpellier forward, who is targeting a place in France's World Cup squad, also spoke about the size of his new club and how he is looking forward to a new challenge after five and a half seasons with Arsenal.

“It’s the Premier League, a club [Chelsea] which has won more titles in the past 10 years than any other. It’s a massive club and I am very proud to be here and to carry on my career in the Premier League.

“I had five amazing years there [Arsenal], but now it’s a new chapter of my career and I am focused 100 per cent on the Blues to reach our targets. I’m very happy to be here.”

Giroud made his full Chelsea debut in Monday night's 3-0 win over West Brom, and while he couldn't cap an impressive performance with a goal, he did set up Eden Hazard’s opener.

He could get another chance at his first Blues goal on Friday as his new side take on Championship strugglers Hull in the FA Cup.

He added: “I am back in the FA Cup and the Champions League, and we are going to take the games step by step.

“We want to qualify in the FA Cup and then we have three big games to come against Barcelona in the Champions League and then Manchester United and Manchester City away."

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