New Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud says he “always tried to keep the faith” at Arsenal despite not getting the game time he desired.
The France forward officially completed his deadline-day move across London, joining Chelsea from rivals Arsenal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang going to Arsenal and Michy Batshuayi signing for Borussia Dortmund.
Giroud has signed an 18-month deal at Stamford Bridge, where he will provide much-needed competition for Alvaro Morata. The fee is undisclosed, but Sky Sports reported the fee is around £15.3million.
The 31-year-old, who will watch tonight’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth from the stands, has said he never lost his focus at Arsenal.
Giroud told Chelsea TV: “The most important thing has been talking with the coach Antonio Conte. I really feel that he wants me and wanted to work with me.
“I see Chelsea as a massive club and it was a great opportunity to start a new adventure with Chelsea and I’m very proud to sign here.
“It was five-and-a-half years with Arsenal and now I have a new challenge at Chelsea. I am very pleased with what I achieved at Arsenal, but now I have a new adventure and I want to win as many trophies as I can.
Asked what his qualities are, he added: “Some people would say my mental strength because I have been through some difficult periods in England, especially the last two years.
“After the Euros I had my best season in 2016/17 and then I was injured and then the coach (Arsene Wenger) made some choices which is part of football, but I always tried to keep the faith and work hard in training.”