Giroud: Why I Chose Arsenal Over Chelsea
Ever since Roman Abramovich purchased Chelsea Football Club, we`ve under gone the tedious process of having our transfer targets undermined time and time again.
It`s no surprise that it happened. Chelsea`s ability to offer ridiculous wages far in advance of anything we could ever offer meant it was always going to be practically impossible to get the players we wanted if the Lotto Chavs took a shining to them also.
Of course as time passed and transfer target after transfer target chose the Bridge and the readies over Arsenal, Chelsea became a stronger and stronger team which meant they could offer the players an increased chance of silverware to go along with the mammoth salaries. We didn`t stand a chance really.
So when Arsenal new boy, Olivier Giroud comes out and says he turned Chelsea down because he preferred our style, tradition and the personal touch offered by the Gunners it certainly feels nice to be able to get the player we want for a change leaving Chelsea switching to other targets.
Speaking with L'Equipe Giroud gave his reasons for choosing the Gunners 'Why did I choose Arsenal rather than Chelsea? Because it is a club I love. And I thought it would be easier for my adaptation.'
'Arsenal is a great club, the facilities are wonderful, but I feel it is a club that takes big care before signing a player, notably considering human values. There are French players. There is also Arsene Wenger who let me understand he really wanted me."
'Laurent Koscielny talked to me a lot about the club and sang the praises of Arsenal. It is really great to meet him again after sharing moments together in Ligue 2 at Tours."
'Chelsea is very nice, it is a great club, but I am not convinced Di Matteo knows who I am.'