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Former Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has revealed he was urged by French boss Didier Deschamps to quit Arsenal.
The French Striker could make his debut for Chelsea at Watford after leaving the Emirates in an £18million deal and has confirmed he received approaches from Dortmund, Roma and Sevilla.
He said: “Deschamps didn’t encourage me to join Chelsea, he encouraged me to change clubs.
“Everyone knows my attachment to the France side and every time I wear the shirt it’s with a lot of pride.
“So of course I want to play the World Cup in Russia, which will surely be my last, so I need to give myself every chance.
“One week before the end of the transfer window, we spoke, yes. I needed to get his opinion, that’s all.”
Giroud added: “My choice was simple. Last summer, I wanted to stay with Arsenal to try my luck even though Alex Lacazette arrived. The fact remains the coach wanted to recruit another centre forward.
“With Aubameyang signing for Arsenal that would have made it at least three centre-forwards. That’s the logic and why I decided to leave Arsenal.
“There’s obviously a form of disappointment. But you can understand it. Even though I’d spent five and a half magnificent years there it was logical for my career to evolve and to find a new challenge.
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