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Arsene Wenger admits he owed Olivier Giroud his deadline day transfer to Chelsea out of loyalty. The France international scored 104 goals during a five-and-a-half year spell in north London but his World Cup place had been put in further jeopardy by the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Giroud had already lost his status as Arsenal‘s No.1 striker following the summer signing of Alexandre Lacazette and Wenger felt he could not stand in the former Montpellier man’s way, even if it meant selling him to a rival club. He said: ‘First of all I think ideally you want him to go to a club who you do not compete with you.
‘But on the other it was linked with the Aubameyang deal. Amd he wanted to stay in London, he had a third baby recently and it was difficutl on the family side to leave London. ‘There was all this and the fact we owe Giroud a lot. His commitment his dedication and love for the club was exceptional. ‘It was difficult to turn down even if we sold to an opponent and a club we compete with.’