Olivier Giroud Has Spoken About His Decision To Leave Arsenal

Olivier  Giroud is delighted with his decision to leave Arsenal for Chelsea.

The Frenchman was happy to be given a start at Barcelona in the Champions League and is looking to find “his best level” at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues went down 4-1 to Barca on aggregate after Wednesday’s 3-0 loss.

And even though Arsenal are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a tie against CSKA Moscow, Giroud has no regrets about moving across London.

Asked if he was happy at the outcome, Giroud, 31, told Goal: “Yes, definitely. I want to be at my best level now, I am working hard in training to be ready.

“Of course, sometimes you can close your eyes and score and sometimes the goal gets smaller like the other game [Crystal Palace].

“Trust me, I keep working hard and I am doing my best to reach my targets. So you can count on me to do my best, to be at my best level as soon as I can.

“I feel very good. I try to do what the boss asks me to do on the pitch.

“If I play, I try to give the best for the team and it is not up to me to speak about tactics. Yes, I feel very good on the pitch and I am trying to help the team to reach our targets.

“Obviously the top four is the main target and the FA Cup as well. That’s it.”

Giroud’s £18million switch came Arsenal brought in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

He has made four starts and a further three appearances from the bench. Boss Antonio Conte opted for Giroud ahead of Alvaro Morata in the crucial Champions League second leg.

Giroud added: “I am settling in quite well. I am very pleased with my understanding with the boys.

Obviously, not everything is perfect but I try to be that target man that the boss asks me to be.

“It is not easy to sign in winter for a new club so I try to adapt myself as quickly as I can. I think there’s always room for improvement but I am quite happy with what we are doing on the pitch.

“We have good team cohesion. I think if we play with the spirit we did [against Barca] we can achieve got things at the end of the championship.”

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