Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
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Wenger reveals why Arsenal let key attacker leave in January

Wenger reveals why Arsenal let key attacker leave in January

"Dortmund was interested, but for a loan", said Giroud.

Wenger had nothing but good things to say about Giroud after the transfer went through and he insisted that the move suited all parties, despite the Gunners having once again sold to one of their close rivals.

Giroud's place in the Arsenal line-up was threatened with the arrival of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang for a club record fee.

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.

"Deschamps didn't encourage me to join Chelsea, he encouraged me to change club".

The lure of Italy's capital and North Rhine-Westphalia was not enough for Giroud, whose mind was made up after learning of Conte's desire to bring him to Chelsea.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had been searching for a striker throughout the January transfer window, seeing him linked with numerous forwards like Roma's Edin Dzeko, West Ham's Andy Carroll, and Stoke City's Peter Crouch. "But he encouraged me to change clubs", he said.

Giroud has been a consistent part of Deschamps's plans despite a plethora of attacking talent in France, and the target man has scored 29 goals in 69 France appearances.

It's interesting that Giroud received offers from Dortmund and Roma. The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang).

Giroud made his intentions to leave Arsenal clear and there was a great deal of interest in him, but Arsenal's decision to sell to a direct Premier League rival did raise some eyebrows. Even though I'd spent five and a half magnificent years there it was logical for my career to evolve and to find a new challenge. "But Antonio Conte convinced me to join Chelsea".

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