Giroud reveals Chelsea snub

France striker Olivier Giroud snubbed a move to Chelsea in favour of joining Arsenal.

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Giroud completed his £13 million transfer from Montpellier on Tuesday after rejecting the chance to sign for the Champions League winners.

The in-demand 25-year-old prefers the set-up at Arsenal, including its French influence, and suspected Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo knew little about him.

"Why did I choose Arsenal rather than Chelsea?" Giroud told French newspaper L'Equipe. "Because it is a club I love and I thought it would be easier for my adaptation.

"Arsenal is a great club, the facilities are wonderful, but I feel it is a club that takes big care before signing a player, notably considering human values.

"There are French players. There is also Arsene Wenger who let me understand he really wanted me. Chelsea is very nice, it is a great club, but I am not convinced Di Matteo knows who I am."

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