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Arsenal Boss Reveals the Key Reasons Behind Decision to Sell Olivier Giroud to London Rivals Chelsea

​Arsene Wenger has revealed the three components that proved influential in his choice to promote Olivier Giroud to Chelsea within the January switch window, as reported by ​Soccer.London.

The 31-year-old French striker accomplished an £18m deadline day transfer from Arsenal to Chelsea, changing into the primary participant since Ashley Cole to make the direct swap from the Gunners to Stamford Bridge.


Wenger’s choice to promote Giroud to a direct Premier League rival mid-season has been met with some degree of scrutiny nevertheless, the Gunners boss was fast to justify his choice.

His foremost motive for offloading Giroud was so Arsenal might get a deal for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang over the road, with the Gabon striker finishing a report £56m switch from Borussia Dortmund on switch deadline day.

“Olivier was massively in style contained in the dressing room and membership,” stated Wenger. “However he wished extra taking part in time, he has not performed many Premier League video games and he needs to go to the World Cup as properly, that’s why I opened the door when Aubameyang got here in to offer him an opportunity to get the competitors he deserves.

“Ideally you need him to go to golf equipment who don’t compete with you, however alternatively it was a bit linked to the Aubameyang deal and he’s simply had a 3rd child so it was very tough on the household aspect to depart London.

“And I consider we owe Olivier Giroud loads for his dedication, his dedication to the membership and his love for the membership was completely distinctive. So it was tough to show it down as a result of it was a aggressive membership.”

With Aubameyang coming in to instantly substitute Giroud, Arsenal’s entrance line has undergone a whole overhaul this season, with Alexandre Lacazette additionally becoming a member of the Gunners earlier within the season.


Nevertheless, as a result of signing of Aubameyang, the previous Lyon man will face new competitors for his place within the Arsenal lineup, with Wenger refusing to order a assured place within the beginning 11 for anybody.

“I do not reassure folks. We’re in a aggressive world,” defined Wenger. “We [have] chosen a job the place there’s competitors, it’s important to battle on your place.”

Arsenal’s subsequent recreation comes in opposition to Everton within the Premier League nevertheless, Arsenal new boy ​Aubameyang might have to attend to make his Gunners debut after being recognized with a illness bug.

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