Big Man On Board: Chelsea Complete Thrifty £15m Deal To Pluck Olivier Giroud From Arsenal (Photo)

Chris Wright

31st, January 2018


Photo: Chelsea FC

Doesn’t he look handsome in blue? Chelsea have completed the signing of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal and thus finally succeeded in their month-long quest to bag themselves a ‘big man’.

The French target man has signed an 18-month contract with the Blues, plus the option of a further year tagged onto the end. The fee involved is being reported as somewhere between £15-18million – a bargain in the current climate, we’re sure you’ll agree.

The deal has yet to be formally announced by either club, but the Blue Tick Brigade have spoken…

Honestly, we always found it baffling how unloved Giroud seemed to be at Arsenal, especially among the more spoiled-brattish section of their support. Of course he had his limitations, but he always gave it the beans, scored his fair share of goals (including some truly extraordinary efforts) and never once griped as he gradually slid out of the first-team picture.

While Chelsea aren’t getting themselves an Edin Dzeko, Giroud is a fantastic, relatively thrifty alternative who is well-suited to the Premier League, consistently makes an impact off the bench, is already settled in the city and has a World Cup place to play for. Hold tight for bullet headers and near-post finishes galore!

Not to mention the fact that Antonio Conte has also relieved Arsenal of their sole ‘Plan B’ option.

Lovely bit of business after all that Peter Crouch/Andy Carroll/Ashley Barnes nonsense.

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  1. Zach says:

    What are you on about? Giroud is widely loved at Arsenal. Everyone is sad to see him go, especially to Chelski. But at the end of the day you have to be realistic about it and realize that he is our 3rd best option up top now so he won’t be seeing the field much anymore. Best to cash in since he isn’t getting any younger.

    • Beano says:

      This. While I’m happy the Gunners got Aubameyang, it’s bittersweet because it means one of my favorite players will get shipped out. Giroud gave all he could to Arsenal, but Wenger never gave him a backup to help carry the load (Welbeck most certainly doesn’t count), and as a result Giroud has racked up his share of injuries.

      I can only wish him the best. I hope he does well with Chelsea, even if I hate Chelsea.

  2. VieuxSang says:

    Excited to see him, but realistically think he won’t fit the needs of whoever replaces Conte. Here’s hoping he stays a bit.

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