Giroud says Conte crucial to move

04 February 2018 11:45:02 EST

Olivier Giroud said the chance to work with Antonio Conte was a decisive factor in his switch from Arsenal to Chelsea.

The striker made the move across London on transfer deadline day and said that he had offers from La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga before opting to stay in the Premier League.

Giround told Telefoot in France that Roma, Sevilla and Dortmund were all interested in signing him, but that the chance to work with Conte proved crucial in his opting to join last season's champions.

He said: "My choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me. I know that Conte appreciates my profile, we work well together.

My choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me.

Olivier Giroud

"I spoke to [France manager] Didier Deschamps about my situation. He did not tell me to join Chelsea, just to change club."

Giround said he decided to leave the Gunners after Arsene Wenger signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"I could have stayed, but I needed some solutions to get back in. I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me," he added.

Giroud and Conte's other new signing Emerson Palmieri could make their Chelsea debuts on Monday night when they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.

They are 8/15 for the win with the Hornets 11/2 and the draw priced at 7/2.

Giroud is 9/2 to score the first goal on Monday night.

The club Giroud left, Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table, five points behind Chelsea who are fourth.

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