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Former Arsenal turned Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud in a statement has revealed why he left Emirate Stadium.
Giroud, who had five and a half spell at the North London club insisted he never wanted to leave.
The France international in an interview with BBC Sport was quoted as saying. He revealed that leaving Emirates stadium was a tough decision for him.
“I didn’t want to leave,” Giroud said to BBC Sport.
“I spoke with the boss – at this time, Arsene [Wenger] – and I told him: ‘Look, gaffer, I need some game time to play at the World Cup, that’s massive for me.’
“At the end of the day, we won it, so it was very important for me to leave.
He disclosed that he discussed his situation with the then Arsenal FC coach, Arsene Wenger, about getting more game time to enable him to play at the 2018 World Cup hosted by Russia.
France eventually won the World Cup and Giroud disclosed that having lifted the trophy it became very important for him to leave.
The 32-year-old striker, however, added that it was amazing to be signed to a club like Chelsea, which he termed to be the best club in the English Premier League over the past ten years.
He also said that moving to Stamford Bridge ”was like an improvement” for him because it came with a new challenge with bigger motivation and targets.
Olivier Giroud was sold to Chelsea FC after Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.