Giroud: Why I left Arsenal for Chelsea

Olivier Giroud revealed on Sunday his move from Arsenal to Chelsea was motivated by a World Cup warning from France coach Didier Deschamps,A�AFPA�reports.

Having dropped down the pecking order with Arsene Wengera��s Gunners, Giroud knew he would need to be playing more regularly if he is to convince Deschamps to take him to Russia in June.

a�?I called Didier Deschamps a week before the end of the transfer window as I needed his opinion,a�? the 31-year-old striker toldA�TF1.

a�?He encouraged me to change clubs,a�? added Giroud, who signed an 18-month deal with the English Premier League champions.

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

a�?You know how attached I am to the national team and I want to play at a World Cup in Russia, which will surely be my last, so I have to give myself the best possible chance,a�? he said, adding that he a�?needed a new challenge, a new cluba�?.

The man who spearheaded Montpelliera��s astonishing Ligue 1 title winning campaign in 2012 said the lure of working with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte determined his destination.

a�?Dortmund were interested but for a loan deal, Sevilla too, my agent even got a call from Roma,a�? Giroud revealed.

a�?But the choice was clear and obvious once I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me.a�?

With first-choice striker Alvaro Morata sidelined by a back injury, Conte had been in the market for a player with Girouda��s physical presence.

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