Arsenal striker reveals Chelsea rejection

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New Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed he rejected the advances of Chelsea in order to secure a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The France international completed his transfer from Montpellier on Tuesday, having ended last season as the highest goalscorer in Ligue 1 as La Paillade won the title for the first time in their history.

Given his exploits last term, Giroud's departure from Montpellier this summer appeared inevitable and Arsenal was always expected to be his most likely destination.

However, a move to north London was not a formality, as Giroud has revealed, with the 25-year-old stating that he had a straight choice between Arsenal and Chelsea after both clubs, it would appear, agreed a fee with Montpellier.

"The choice was between Chelsea and Arsenal. I chose Arsenal because of the club's philosophy and stability," he told TF1.

"It is something that means a lot for me. I've always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players."

Giroud was also drawn to Arsenal by the opportunity to work under Arsene Wenger, claiming he felt far more wanted by the Gunners boss than his Chelsea counterpart Roberto di Matteo.

"I adore Arsenal, Wenger really wanted me and I wasn't sure Di Matteo knows who I am."

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