Olivier Giroud completes transfer from Arsenal to Chelsea
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.
Hearing whispers (nothing concrete) Arsenal have been exploring possibility of signing David Luiz from Chelsea as part of Giroud deal - as per @DavidWoodsStar yesterday - or Roma’s Kostas Manolas. Would be one or other, no idea if it will happen. Defence a clear concern #AFC #CFC— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2018
105 - Since joining in 2012, Olivier Giroud scored 105 goals in all competitions, 25 more than any other Arsenal player in that time. Au Revoir. pic.twitter.com/miloaeSEcz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 31, 2018
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.