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Former Gunner reveals reason for controversial January move

Olivier Giroud has revealed the reason he chose to swap Arsenal for Chelsea.

The Frenchman joined the Blues on deadline of the January transfer window in an £18 million move.

Since the switch, Giroud has bagged three goals, two of which came today as Antonio Conte’s side pulled off a remarkable turnaround from 2-0 against Southampton to win 3-2.

The France international’s sale was questioned by many Arsenal fans, with the striker a fan favourite at the Emirates.

However Giroud says the decision to move to Stamford Bridge was simple.

“Chelsea are a massive club and we want to challenge for the title every single year,” he said.

“Obviously the competition has been the toughest this year — with Man City, Liverpool doing well, Man United, even Arsenal.

“That’s why I love the Premier League, it’s the best championship, it is very hard.

“I am a competitor so hopefully next year we will compete for it.”

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