Wenger reveals why Arsenal let key attacker leave in January


'The fact is that the coach wanted to recruit a new striker and with Aubameyang's signing at Arsenal, there were three top strikers, and that's why I chose to leave, ' the 31-year-old said in an interview with Telefoot (via Metro Sport).

Secondly, due to Giroud's family being settled in London, a move beyond the capital would have proved hard.

Olivier Giroud reveals "Roma called my agent" before he eventually joined Antonio Conte's Chelsea on deadline day last month.

Olivier Giroud has finally admitted he left his beloved Arsenal and Arsene Wenger due to the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And with the World Cup in Russian Federation on the horizon, Giroud revealed that French manager Didier Deschamps urged him to change clubs to get some valuable game time. "He didn't tell me to move to Chelsea, but he did tell me to move clubs".

'I could have stayed, but I needed a solution to get back in.

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The Frenchman netted 105 times in 253 appearances for the north London club, averaging a goal every two-and-a-half matches across all competitions. But he encouraged me to change clubs.

"The fact is that the coach wanted to recruit a new forward striker [Aubameyang]. But when (Antonio) Conte told me he was counting on me my choice was made".

The French striker who joined Chelsea on the January transfer deadline day for a fee reported to be around £18 million is looking forward to challenging Alvaro Morata to become the first choice striker at the Stamford Bridge.

It's interesting that Giroud received offers from Dortmund and Roma.

'I had wanted to stay at Arsenal to try my luck even when Alex Lacazette arrived.

"It was logical to give my career a new direction". There was an element of disappointment, even though I spent five wonderful years there.