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Giroud: Why I Chose Arsenal Over Chelsea

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.'



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Wednesday June 27 2012
Time: 11:09AM

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To be honest, dear boy, you could delete Girourd's entire quote and replace it with the words "I stood a chance of playing" and this would be a far more accurate article. Still, if it's really all about style and tradition, I have no doubt that the tradition of edging third takes the pressure off a new starter like nothing else. As for style, "consistently coming up short" describes it pretty well. Good luck to him, and you, in your battle towards the Champions League qualifying rounds next season. Hadjuk Split, anyone?
rjh
27/06/2012 11:29:00
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Which begs the question rjh, why on earth were Chelsea in for him? To be lectured by a Chelsea fan on tradition is like getting an elocution lesson from Chris Waddle.
Little Dutch
27/06/2012 11:35:00
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Might I ask who might keep him out of the Chelsea squad? Kalou? Drogba? Torres? Ok then. Tradition takes more than 7 years to acquire.
Rocky7
27/06/2012 11:46:00
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I'm not lecturing you on your tradition, young man, I'm applauding you for it. It seems eminently sensible to me to take the onus off new signings to perform by having your entire team play in a mediocre way as a matter of course. I'm not a Chelsea fan, I simply admire Wenger's grand experiment. Truly, I don't think a manager has ever had the sheer courage to consistently target third for so many years. Is it true that if he manages it for ten consecutive seasons, they'll retire 3rd place and change it to "2B"?
rjh
27/06/2012 11:49:00
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Not sure what makes you think he targets 3rd. It's quite a simple equation, but nevertheless you seem to have trouble with it, so I'll spell it out. There are a couple of clubs, who I shan't name, who, by pure chance and for non footballing reasons, have quite a lot more money than we do. This means they can buy better players and pay them bigger money. Of course, like all teams, we've made errors (less than most though). But having lots and lots less money than a couple of other clubs makes finishing 1st quite difficult indeed. Nevertheless, it's a task we've achieved 13 times in our history, so I think our traditions are probably fairly sound.
Little Dutch
27/06/2012 12:08:00
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old boy rjh, you are speaking of a club that has consistently been the premier league's second most successful club since inception and the third biggest club in England historically. Unless you are a haughty United fan you have no standing to pass any judgement. You sound like a City fan - an oldie who has recently bought success.
Deltaforce
27/06/2012 12:28:00
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Spent all your money on a fancy new house and got none left over for the furniture, doomed to be perennial also rans :-)
Ranners
27/06/2012 12:28:00
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Ah, the Liverpool defence. We can't win now, but I remember when we did.
rjh
27/06/2012 12:38:00
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Better an also ran than a Ranners. In any case it depends on the definition of 'also ran'. If Arsenal are also rans then what are 97% of the other clubs in England?
Deltaforce
27/06/2012 12:44:00
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History Channel - Part II Not even THAT successful and Arse+anal try to position themselves with The Blues !! Seriously, L'pool still hold some merit in that argument but comments like "Tradition takes more than 7 years to acquire" coming from Arse are just pathetic.I mean how deluded are some people !
CFCDon
27/06/2012 12:46:00
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