Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud and said that the club owe the French striker a lot for his “exceptional dedication and commitment” to the club. The manager said this after the forward sealed his switch to play for Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Arsenal were able to oversee a very positive winter transfer window as they brought in a number of very talented players. Henrikh Mkhitaryan switched Manchester United for Arsenal, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was bought from Borussia Dortmund. Wenger will be hoping that Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang will be able to rekindle the deadly partnership they had when they both played for Dortmund.
Negatively, Arsenal saw Alexis Sanchez leave the club. The Chilean was a fine forward and one of their best players, but he has since switched to Manchester United. Some fans will claim that his departure was not one that should be seen in a bad light, as it saw Arsenal trade a player at the end of his contract for one that seems raring to get his Premier League career back on track.
Another player that will be desperate to get onto the pitch again is Olivier Giroud, but it will not be in the red of Arsenal. The French striker made the switch to Chelsea with a view to sealing a place in France’s squad for the World Cup in the summer.
While some may questions Arsenal’s decision to let him leave for a Premier League rival, the Independent have reported that Wenger admitted: “Ideally, you don’t want him to go to a rival. But it was very difficult on the family side to leave London. We owe him a lot for his exceptional dedication and commitment to the club”.
Giroud had been a fantastic player for the club, but he found his game time curtailed by Alexandre Lacazette’s presence. With Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata struggling with injury lately, Giroud will get time to impress his new manager which could be vital as he chases a place at this summer’s World Cup.