Wenger: Giroud to Chelsea linked to Aubameyang move

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that Olivier Giroud’s move to Chelsea was in some ways forced because the club’s desire to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in, and that while he would have preferred him not to go to rival club, there were human element to the decision too.

The French international signed left Arsenal on deadline day for £18.5m, after five and a half years at the Emirates, and his desire to stay in London was a key part of what went down.

Speaking at his press conference today, Wenger explained how the Aubameyang deal happened, and later expanded on Giroud’s role in it all.

“First, I think ideally you want him to go to clubs that do not compete with you,” he said.

“On the other hand, it was a bit linked with the Aubameyang deal as well. He wanted to stay [in London], he’s just had a third baby and it was very difficult on the family side to leave London for him.

“Also, the fact we owe Olivier Giroud a lot. His commitment, his dedication and love for the club was absolutely exceptional.

“It was difficult to turn it down, just because it was an opponent who are a competitive club.”

We can all run through scenarios where this one might come back to haunt us a bit, but we got a lot from Giroud, and now we have a new striking hero (hopefully) in the shape of Aubameyang.

Let’s hope he can hit the ground running, despite fears he might miss out tomorrow because of illness.

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eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Agree with blogs’ conclusion, but still… My head is ok with this but my heart is still breaking a little.

Midgunner
Midgunner

This pic from your own private collection blogs?

Gutted that we’ve sold him and not just for sentimental reasons. We’re really going to miss having a striker from the bench that can change a game – especially in the Europa League with no Auba available.

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

Is little bit errr breaking?

Mark
Mark

As much as you hate to see him go to Chelsea I am glad for his sake (like with Cech when he came to us) that he gets to stay in London and not uproot his family. He has been a true professional at Arsenal and was always about the team first so glad Wenger looked out for him. Unfortunately the only we were going to get Aubameyang was to make this move with Giroud. Whether Aubameyang works out or not who knows, but Wenger needed to make changes. Sometimes those changes are easy like shipping out Debuchy or even Walcott who wasn’t contributing and other times they are very tough like seeing a true Gunner go to Chelsea.

dawn
dawn

Prefer Oli and Laca up top for us!

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

Giroud:(((((((((((((((((((((((((

Tazzy.balboa
Tazzy.balboa

I know our fans boo a lot of our ex players that move on to rival clubs but I hope our fans don’t boo him. Even if he scores agianst us don’t think he will celebrate for them. Farewell Giroud you handsome sexy French bastard!

Erwandy
Erwandy

It will be insanity to boo at HFB. Even if he score against us, he’s just doing his professional duty. I will sing his name always

A Different George
A Different George

I cannot imagine that Giroud would be greeted by anything but his usual song.

Wellarsed
Wellarsed

Where do you get the 18.5m figure from Blogs? Everywhere else I read it quoted as 17.5m including add ons. Not nit-picking, just curious as to the final figure.

Gooneron
Gooneron

I miss Giroud already. Can’t wait to applaud him when he comes back to the Emirates.

Emily
Emily

Nice touch there to not put giroud in the arsenal or chelsea colors. I am not complaining 😉

sambo
sambo

Promote Eddie, he’s been putting in crazy numbers for the reserves and internationally. If Rashford is ready then so is our Eddie, get him involved.

Chidi
Chidi

Chelsea just got a lot sexy now

Snc1203
Snc1203

Why didn’t arsenal just loan him for 6 months, even to chelski.. That way he still get his chance for the wc in the summer, at the same time, gives us the chance to see how auba and laza work in the system. If it works well, fine.. Either he accepts being in plan b and fight for his place or he moves. Still gutted tt he left. I love him as a player. Hope in 18 mths time, he will come back and rejoin us. By then who knows, at that age, he will probably accept he will be used as a sub.

Bould\'s Eyeliner
Bould\'s Eyeliner

You’re assuming we didn’t try, and failed in the process.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

I hope he comes back. He belongs here, not with those cunts.

dawn
dawn

They’re not forced to play him as a loan player, but probably will if they’ve shelled out- either way we can bring him back in the summer – before he’s starred in the World Cup!

A Different George
A Different George

Perhaps for the obvious reason that Chelsea would not accept it. From their point of view, they were facilitating the deal for Aubameyang, that would make us stronger; why should they bend over backward to help us?

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Well the choice for them until the end of the season would have been Giroud, Crouch, or Caroll. They could have been persuaded to take Giroud on loan.

caligunner
caligunner

Are they say no and Dortmund then says no then we are stuck lol

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

Just like Cech to Arsenal i guess. Both still counted as heroes in their former clubs.

shokim
shokim

Oli is our HFB and will miss him a lot. God bless!

Zenithreptile
Zenithreptile

He’s doing pretty well to be playing at this level considering he’s just had a baby

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

What I don’t get is why so many people are saying it is either or with PEA and Laca!!! Why can’t they both play in the same team? As well as ozil and Miki?

Lula
Lula

Listening to the pod and seeing a few replies to my comment in another article, I’ve changed my mind on Giroud. I was unhappy he’s at Chelsea but given the.circumstances there can be little put on him. He has been a professional throughout.

James
James

Can someone explain the paltry figure we received for him, though? That chokes me too.

caligunner
caligunner

We really wanted Auba and we had no leverage.

Bould\'s Eyeliner
Bould\'s Eyeliner

You’re obviously not wrong, but you’re also taking some emotional parting grieving a bit too literally too. It’s ok, we’ll just have to make Auba forget a little more.

gunnerpete
gunnerpete

they’ll say because he had just another year left on his deal, and perhaps the age of the striker, but considering he’s still first choice for FRANCE (over the bloke we laid out 50m+ for) and his strike rate of nearly 1 in 2, it’s ridiculous.

dawn
dawn

Cos they knew they’d got us over a barrel if we wanted Aubameyang (which I would rather have kept and played Oli with Laca!)

caligunner
caligunner

You know Auba is potentially better then either of them?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

When he settles in, yes. Which might take a year. Till then a struggling Lacazette, a 2 goals per season Welbeck and no Giroud to bail us out in the dying minutes.

gunnerpete
gunnerpete

Loved HFB. Hated this deal.

2 things – with all of Chelsea’s billions, are we really led to believe this was the only striker they could sign? and I’m pretty sure there are other London based clubs – West Ham, Palace…

Sal
Sal

What a HFB. Always a Gunner, no matter how many last minute winners he’ll score against us

wash_dc_gunner
wash_dc_gunner

Sweet mother of Moses he’s handsome!

santori
santori

Poor decision.

No consideration given to strategic implications.

1) We lose a player who provides us with a different set of skills to break teams down.

2) We add a player in an area we don’t need reinforcing that is crucially cup tied for the Europa. This is a competition with potential to see us back into the CL.

Now if we restrict Lacazette to the bench, how is he going to find form polishing it?

And if he gets injured, I will remind you that our only recourse is then Danny Welbeck in the europa.

3) We also strengthen two potential rivals for top4. United are a bit away from us but both have taken stumbles in recent game(s). Chelsea and Liverpool sit on 50pts we are 8 pts away. If one has two poor results (assuming we can muster our own game) …that lead may well cut to 1 pt. Now if Giroud scores the goal that keeps them ahead of us by points or GD….won’t we look foolish.

4) We need creative wide player(s)

We have lost Ganbry, Ox, Walcott and Alexis.

Which means pace (something Lacazette doesn’t have as some had advertised previously and now are doing the same with Aubameyang)

Granted the first 3 are not full product, even with Alexis, you felt we were still one creative wide player short of contention.

Instead we have players now who are more confortable playing in the middle.

Which means we are now more reliant on the fullbacks to come forward to provide the width. This has implications to the back particularly as we tried to foolishly go 4 at the back.

With Monreal up field last game, Mustafi was easily isolated.

Plus without Jack, we lacked outlet for the defense which meant they were kept under duress. Something will give and it did.

Granted the midfield is idiosyncratic, our ‘world class’ signing Lacazette can’t hold the ball up either.

So we sell Giroud? There is a reason why he started ahead of Lacazette for France.

All in all, I hope it clicks together but risk mitigation has been poor with recent purchase and sales.

We could have bought Mahrez for 50m which would have given us better balance in a player who BOTH scores and creates. Particularly he is only 26yrs and coming into his best years plus he is left footed but plays inveretd on the right so plenty of flexibility for us to go to 4-2-3-1 and solve midfield conumdrum with more structure if need be.

Now some mentioned he was quoted to City at 95m.

One has to remember these are not fixed prices. The prices vary considerably depending on who is bidding and when.

In the case of City, it was a last minute bod with little other option on their plate.

We had plenty of options to play against in Auabemayng to say the least, Malcom for relatively close to similar prices so had we been aggressive and not slaved to making things happen for ex contacts at Dortmund, we could have got a deal through (without need to sell Giroud)

Because we did not work hard enough to keep United away, we were forced to take on Mhkitaryan which left us less room to manouvre since we had already commited to a sort of right side mid but one that is aging and will likely not provide as much ‘pace’ out wide as he used to.

I am not convince we made the best decisions this January.

santori
santori

If there is one bright spot to recent acquisitions is hopefully the understanding between Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan.

Throw in Ozil into the mix and hopefully we have an explosive powder keg ready to lit.

But what goes on behind them is as much the concern.

I’m not sure we cannot avoid a back 3 to be more secure at the moment particularly as we may need the fullbacks to provide width.

Either that or we can only play one of Aubameyang or Lacazette and have a double act securing midfield in a more discipline fashion.

But what that means for the Frenchman’s continued evolution in the league is questionable particularly as there is benefit for him to have AS MUCH time on the pitch as possible to stay/become razor sharp for the europa since Auabmeyang is cup tied.

santori
santori

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/42916936

Interesting article about spending spending spending.

Still …Leicester managed to squeeze in.:D

BUT yes when you look at the options for example for Ozil, it may be that the sway toward us is because there are really only 7 or 8 teams that can out bid us for salary.

Barca bought Coutinho so no need for Ozil.
Real Madrid won’t take him back. ego bruise.
Bayern don’t need him and there is added pressure for him in Germany.
PSG are stacked. Pastore still around can hardly squeeze into the team.
Juve 50-50 if they can even rival us for salary (inter is still a team being fixed)

So that leaves blighty.

Chelsea needed Giroud.
City were looking for a Sane replacement last minute. Possible but they are flying and probably want a younger player.
Liverpool are run by a clown on the sideline who spent the money on a Dutch defender.

which leaves United…well Ozil knows the odious figure of Jose well. Good luck Alexis.

yes Mhkitaryan, Aubameyang growing German/Bundesliga contingent may have slight impact but its about the money.

We remained best option because aside from the 7-8 clubs mentioned, no one can compete against us for salary…so it cuts both ways.

santori
santori

I’m really hoping we leverage on BOTH our strikers but sounds like Aubameyang may be under the weather.

however there should be no reason to be fixated with two strikers or 1 striker up top, we should have flexibility to play both systems. A lot depends on how we can find the right balance bridging our offensive push with defensive awareness and it all boils down to the idiosyncratic selection we find ourselves with in midfield.

I think BC of our options up front, we need fullbacks to provide width in which case it is better to have a back 3. Elneny has been diligent in this role and but has to still work out when to step up into midfield and when to stay deeper.

In the midfield, its night and day with or without Jack. He provides us an outlet because he can receive and turn with the ball plus engage and instigate opponents by running at them through the middle.

But he needs to hold in conjunction with others.

I think a combination of 3-4-1-2 Mhkitaryan and Granit (or Ramsey) may work (with a two striker set up and rotating triangle in midfield….mids taking turns to support Ozil) but there is merit to have iwobi as well in a wider set up 4-2-3-1 to add impetus from left side.in which case we are in a one striker set up.

……………………….Aubameyang……………Lacazette………………………….
…………………………………………Ozil…………………………………………….
Monreal………………………………………………………………………..Bellerin
…………………………..Jack………………….Mhkitaryan………………………..
……………..Mustafi…………………………………………Koscielny…………….
……………………………………..Elneny……………………………………………
………………………………………Cech……………………………………………..

Option 1

…………………………………….Lacazette*………………………………………….
……Iwobi…………………………….Ozil……………………….Mhkitaryan………
………………………..Jack………………………..Granit^…………………………..
Monreal…………………………………………………………………………Bellerin
……………………………Mustafi…………..Koscielny……………………………..
………………………………………Cech……………………………………………..

Option 2

* or indeed Aubameyang if fit

^ or Elneny allowing jack to move forward. Indeed Elneny may be a safer choice than Granit at the moment.

We should be able to switch between systems with slight tweaks during the game and adjust to the way our opponents are pressing us.

I don’t think anything should be inked in stone but I feel we do not have as much pace as before to fully exploit option 2 and option 1 with Jack in place offers potential of a higher press with two strikers.

OTOH caution is better exercised with option 2 with the players able to drop into a more structured shape.

Difficult.

Erwandy
Erwandy

Just have to say my piece. I shed silent tears with HFB departure. The realization that he actually gave us the final gift of making Auba move possible. All things considered, with him and his family situation – even moving to Chelsea seemed acceptable to me now. We miss you already…..Nananana

One of Bellerin\'s Cornrows
One of Bellerin\'s Cornrows

I feel like he’ll be good for them, Chelsea are good at getting the ball up top with some space, Morata has been struggling with his finishing, if Giroud can be even slightly better at finishing, they’ll do well. Which is scary.

Matt
Matt

Don’t forget Cech came to us in a very similar manner.