Giroud admits his disapointment at having to leave Arsenal for Chelsea

Olivier Giroud

Getty Olivier Giroud admits he was told to leave Arsenal by Didier Deschamps

"I had offers from Dortmund, Sevilla, and Roma", said the French worldwide.

Despite being restricted to a mere handful of appearances during the first half of the campaign, Giroud attracted interest from a host of top European clubs such as Roma and Dortmund, who eventually signed Michy Batshuayi as a result of the Frenchman's move to west London.

Olivier Giroud claims Arsene Wenger's determination to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal was the catalyst for his move to Chelsea.

"I spoke to [France manager] Didier Deschamps about my situation". He didn't encourage me to join Chelsea.

"A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his (Deschamps') opinion. But he encouraged me to change clubs", he said.

Giroud scored 105 goals in 253 games for Arsenal after signing from Montpellier in June 2012. Ahead of the clash, Giroud opened up about his transfer to Chelsea in an interview with Telefoot and said he was very much clear where he wanted to play once he knew Chelsea were interested in him as he didn't want to leave England.

"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 told French publication Telefoot.

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

"I had wanted to stay at Arsenal to try my luck even when Alexander Lacazette arrived".

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

'It made sense for me to take a new direction in my career.

"There was a bit of disappointment, even though I spent five wonderful years there".

"I know that Conte appreciates my profile, we work well together".

Chelsea finally got their striker on deadline day when they convinced Arsenal to part ways with Olivier Giroud for £18m and it came as a surprise to many.

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