By 90Min
February 20, 2018

Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed what was said in his final meeting with manager Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman joined Chelsea in January as a makeweight for the Gunners' club record siging of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And Giroud, who spent six years at the Emirates, has since spoken of his last discussion with Wenger.

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“I went to see the coach to ask him where he was with Aubameyang. I put him under a bit of pressure, like my agent, who I spoke to several times a day," he said - quoted by the Mirror.

"It is normal. I did not want to be deprived of going to Chelsea which was the best solution for me.

“The coach immediately said to me: 'Don't worry, I will do my best so that you are happy'. On one side, it was normal. I had never asked to leave.

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"On the other, I knew that he would not cause problems given the relationship we had always had. He even said to me that it would p*** him off if I did not go to Russia."

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On his reason for leaving the club, Giroud added: “It was frustrating at Arsenal obviously. For a year and a half, it went from bad to worse. I could no longer continue like that.


"I could not bring myself to spend another year at Arsenal and remain a reserve, even a second reserve. The future looked gloomy with the arrival of a new striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang). I wanted to become happier again by playing, so I left – it is as simple as that.”

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