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Olivier Giroud to Chelsea: Transfer from Arsenal backed by former star

29 January, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Before Giroud's name cropped up, Chelsea had also been linked with moves for Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch, although neither seem to have materialised.

Arsene Wenger has made it clear that Olivier Giroud will not be leaving the club this winter, despite reports linking him with Borussia Dortmund - and even a shock move to Chelsea.

However, in an interview with Sky Sports after the semi-final clash against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Arsene Wenger went on to say, "We lost a great player".

But he admits Giroud could go this month if Aubameyang - or another forward - comes into the club. He did not rule out an exit for the 31-year-old, but insisted nobody will be allowed leave the club if nobody is signed. If it doesn't happen, then we are strong enough to focus on the players we have and focus on the job with the players we have. We keep our players. We have nothing to announce today and at the moment we stay where we are.


"We will know the best possible position for him and how to integrate him with the way we want to play".

"Our intention is we signed Mkhitaryan on a longer contract than we had with Sanchez", he added. Maybe some youngsters are loaned but the experienced side of the squad stays the same unless someone comes in'.

"We are not close enough to be optimistic, but we are not far enough to be pessimistic", said Wenger.

"He's an important player here who everyone has a high respect for and I want him to stay''". His focus and his desire for achievement with the team is that he behaves like someone who is completely focused and committed and ready to commit.

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