Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was told by two “legends” that he should leave Arsenal for Chelsea in the January transfer window.
The 31-year-old striker made the move earlier this year, and while he is not entirely content with his early form at Stamford Bridge, he felt his time at the Emirates was winding down.
That was confirmed to him when Robert Pires and Freddy Ljungberg told him it was time to move on in his career.
“Football legends like Robert Pires, who’s a close friend, Freddy Ljungberg and even some former Chelsea players told me that their game would suit me because they always play with a big striker and cross a lot,” he told L’Equipe.
While Giroud refused to criticise Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, he said he felt more important in Antonio Conte’s plans.