Olivier Giroud completes transfer from Arsenal to Chelsea

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Chelsea made it clear this month they were on the search for a target man. Speculation linking the club with Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch followed as a mist of embarrassment for supporters, who will be relieved to see France international Oliver Giroud arrive as backup to summer signing Alvaro Morata.

Well, given Morata’s form of late, Giroud could challenge the Italian for a place in the starting line-up.

Chelsea even turned their attention towards former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, although a fee couldn’t be agreed on. That fell through and Giroud became Antonio Conte’s prime target.

Giroud’s deal was wrapped up when Arsenal’s bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved to be a success.

With Arsenal getting their part of the deal sorted Giroud has now been able to move to Stamford Bridge.

The former Montpellier forward will now provide a different option to Conte and will compete to play either alongside or instead of Morata.

Giroud had questionably fallen behind Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order at the Emirates, having already been behind Alexis Sanchez, and the addition of Aubameyang meant first team chances were likely to be restricted.

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