Chelsea have bolstered their attacking line with the signing of French striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal FC on an 18-month contract, the English Premier League membership confirmed on Wednesday.
“Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League,” the 31-year-old, who will put on jersey No. 18, stated.
“They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.”
Giroud has discovered it troublesome to cement a spot within the Arsenal beginning line-up this season, with supervisor Arsene Wenger preferring to begin Alexandre Lacazette as a lone striker.
Giroud has made 16 appearances within the league, with 15 of them coming as an alternative.
He joined Arsenal from French aspect Montpellier in 2012 and his objective tally has hit double figures in every of his final 5 seasons.
As the Frenchman moved to Chelsea, striker Michy Batshuayi departed to Borussia Dortmund on mortgage till the tip of the season.
Belgium worldwide Batshuayi made 53 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions since becoming a member of the membership from Olympique de Marseille in July 2016, scoring 19 objectives.
The 24-year-old, who represented his nation at Euro 2016, hopes common first-team motion will assist his possibilities of that includes extra prominently at this yr’s World Cup in Russia.
“In order to achieve my big objective, I want to play as much as possible and score many goals. The World Cup is taking place in the summer,” he stated in a press release.
Batshuayi, who has scored 10 objectives in all competitions this season, took benefit of a uncommon begin to rating twice as Chelsea eased previous Newcastle United Three-Zero at Stamford Bridge within the FA Cup final weekend.
The German aspect will hope Batshuayi can fill the boots of the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after the Gabon striker earlier accomplished a change to Arsenal.