Giroud reveals Cheslea snub

Daily Echo: Olivier Giroud has told how he turned down the chance to join Champions League winners Chelsea in favour of Arsenal Olivier Giroud has told how he turned down the chance to join Champions League winners Chelsea in favour of Arsenal

France striker Olivier Giroud snubbed a move to Chelsea in favour of joining Arsenal.

Giroud completed his £13million transfer from Montpellier on Tuesday after rejecting the chance to sign for the Champions League winners. The in-demand 25-year-old prefers the set-up at Arsenal, including its French influence, and suspected Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo knew little about him.

"Why did I choose Arsenal rather than Chelsea?" Giroud told French newspaper L'Equipe. "Because it is a club I love and I thought it would be easier for my adaptation."

He continued: "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.

"Chelsea is very nice, it is a great club, but I am not convinced Di Matteo knows who I am."

Giroud denies he has been bought by Arsenal as a replacement for Robin van Persie. Van Persie is stalling over agreeing a new contract with the Gunners and has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City.

"When you make the decision to join a great club, you know there is already a great forward. I know what to expect," Giroud said.

"Van Persie is a fantastic player who was outstanding last season.

"He has been at Arsenal for eight years and I hope I will have time to adapt and improve. Anyway, I don't go there to take his place."

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