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Olivier Giroud has revealed why he ended his five-and-a-half year stay at Arsenal to join close rivals Chelsea in January.
The French striker moved to Stamford Bridge in an £18million transfer on deadline day last month after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined for a record fee.
And the 31-year-old reveals he put pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to sanction a deal so he could play regular football.
‘I went to see the coach to ask him where he was with Aubameyang. I put him under a bit of pressure, like my agent, who I spoke to several times a day. It is normal. I did not want to be deprived of going to Chelsea which was the best solution for me,’ he told France Football.
‘The coach immediately said to me: “Don’t worry, I will do my best so that you are happy”. On one side, it was normal. I had never asked to leave.’
But Giroud explains he was desperate to get out of the Emirates Stadium because he could no longer face being on the bench week in, week out.
‘On the other, I knew that he would not cause problems given the relationship we had always had. He even said to me that it would p*** him off if I did not go to Russia.’