Olivier Giroud has admitted he had to join ‘perfect’ Chelsea as he needed a ‘new challenge’.
The French striker signed for Chelsea for £18million on deadline day after seeing Arsenal complete a a club-record deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The arrival of Aubameyang meant Giroud would have been behind both the Gabon striker and Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order at the Emirates.
And speaking after making his first start for Chelsea in their 3-0 win against West Brom on Monday night, Giroud admitted he needed a fresh ‘challenge’.
Giroud told the Mirror: ‘It’s been a while since I played regularly and that’s why I needed to move. I needed a new challenge and Chelsea was the perfect club for me.
‘It’s the Premier League, a club which has won more titles in the past ten years than any other. It’s a massive club and I am very proud to be here and to carry on my career in the Premier League.
‘I had five amazing years there (Arsenal), but now it’s a new chapter of my career and I am focused 100 per cent on the Blues to reach our targets. I’m very happy to be here.’
Giroud impressed for the Blues against West Brom at Stamford Bridge, linking up well with Eden Hazard to set the Belgian up for the club’s first goal of the night.
The 31-year-old will be hoping for more game time when Antonio Conte’s men take on Hull at home in the FA Cup fifth round on Friday night.