Was Giroud right to quit Arsenal for Chelsea?

France manager Didier Deschamps has claimed that Olivier Giroud made the correct decision to quit Arsenal for Chelsea.

The French striker left the club as part of a three-way transfer which included our club bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Emirates Stadium, as well as Michy Batshuayi joining Borussia Dortmund on loan.

Giroud has since found himself mostly warming the Chelsea bench instead of ours, but he has picked up two starts this month.

The 31 year-old will be hoping that his move can keep him in contention for the France squad for the upcoming World Cup this summer, but he will need to pick up plenty more minutes from now until June, and add to his one goal in a CFC shirt also.

Deschamps insists he is happy with his player’s decision to move, whilst claiming he did not play a part in his thoughts.

“I’m happy for him,” said Deschamps, who spoke to Giroud about his choice. “I’m not here to give advice. I’m here so that he is aware of the reality, to tell him things. After that, it’s his decision. I’m not going to tell him to go here rather than there. It’s up to him.”

“He’s had back-to-back starts, something that’s not happened to him in a long time,” Deschamps said. “He’s winning games, because he makes others score and scores himself. It’s a lot better to play a match from time-to-time than come off the bench, even if when he comes on, he’s also effective. He scores a lot of goals and he makes others score. It’s better for him.”

Should Arsenal have tried to keep Giroud? Is he more likely to play at Chelsea?

Pat J

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  1. Phitak says:

    I’m from Thailand. I’m a big fan of Arsenal. Can anyone tell me what the pile of potatoes in the logo of this website mean?

    1. Sue says:

      ? no spuds (spurs)!!!!

      1. Phil says:

        Sue-THAT WAS FUNNY ?????

      2. adahamys says:

        absolutely funny 🙂

    2. Innit says:

      Spuds is slang for potatoes and Spuds is a derogatory term for Spurs lol
      That question made me smile ??

      1. Break-on-through says:

        It is funny now that you mention it.

    3. GoonAR says:

      lmao made my morning so far 🙂

  2. Mobella says:

    What is the point of this post. He is not our player anymore. We need quality and not quantity. A post that is capable of generating over 100 responses for admin to make some money. No wonder most of the comments are off topics and few.

    1. Admin says:

      You want to write an article? Send it to me…..

  3. CorporateMan says:

    Not sure it’s the right decision. Going to Dortmund would have been better imo. He should have more playing time there, much ahead of Yamelenko. I’m not sure that will be the case at Chelsea. May be the attraction of the PL and living in London may have been played the real part in this decision.

    1. Admin says:

      His wife has just had a baby and didn’t want to leave London….

    2. RichSAAlao says:

      It was the only decision for everybody. Where was no important to the Arsenal club, because Olly Salvation had become choice no more. He was only playing games that did not involve Ozil, Sanchez, Theo, the ones who had raised storms in the team about Olivier being too wasteful, and then reduced their service to him.

  4. ThirdManJW says:

    I think this is about the 3/4th article on this topic, just re-worded. Giroud was 3rd choice upfront, so he had to leave.

  5. Fkhalifa says:

    Giroud replaced a better forward in RVP and got replaced by another better duo of Auba and Laca

  6. Sue says:

    I can’t see him playing 90 minutes every game, but hey that’s up to Conte. He’s not an Arsenal player anymore so I’m not really bothered

  7. Durand says:

    Had 4 years starting with no competition
    Had 4 years never scored over 20 PL goals
    Had to go.

    Liked him as super sub, but no way he leads teams to titles.
    Henry was right, 5 years showed wenger was wrong on Giroud

  8. jon fox says:

    The writer is still banging on about another clubs player. Can someone please remind him this is an ARSENAL site? If there is no Arsenal news or informed opinion at least – not Chelsea newsor opinion, please note – then write nothing. Some on here, me included , are beginning to think the writer is a closet Chelsea fan.

  9. Phil says:

    Signed to sit on Chelski Bench.Not good enough for us and he is gone so who cares.
    Why are we bothering with this?

    1. Kenny Rolfe says:

      You’ve saved me writing an article Phil, you’ve said it all, who cares?

  10. Another Giroud article AGAIN?!

  11. Ian wrights bruva says:

    He had to move so we could get aubu. Couldn’t care less if he was better off with us, I think he had little chance of starting off us or France if he stayed.

  12. Ken 1945 says:

    Get over it..He’s gone.
    Just read a terrific article on She wore a yellow ribbon about Arsenal fans boycotting a cup final.
    Nothing to do with Wenger, more about fans views.
    Wonder if anyone else has seen it and what your views are?
    Hope you will allow this Admin, as I think it is a great article and you might want to follow on with an article of your own.
    Hope to see some views after its been read.

    1. Phil says:

      Yeah Ken read it.Its a Cup Final FFS.Its all of 9 months since we’ve been in one so it’s not like an every day occurence.
      Seriously though,why are fans treating this as an excuse to dig out Wenger.I despise him for what he has done to OUR CLUB but a final is a final.What would those Spuds give to get to a final.Worst period we have gone through for 20 years but we still support the Club.
      Pathetic to think anyone would think that not going to a Wembley Final will bother someone at the Club to take notice of their mindless protest.
      I’m trying to think of something to insult them with that is not crude and obscene such as F••King PRICKS but can’t find anything.

    2. Break-on-through says:

      Did I get it right, he’s writing an article on what one or two plums have stated over the internet.

      1. Ken 1945 says:

        I’m sorry but I don’t understand what you mean?
        Remember my age mate, so what does one or two plums stated over the internet actually refer to?
        What are your views on the article?

        1. Break-on-through says:

          It seemed to me that he picked out a couple of guys who wrote on twitter …saying how they’re gonna boycott. I don’t know if you know much about twitter, but you’ll find just about anybody saying just about anything on it. You could find out who shot Kennedy or where Jimmy Hoffa’s body is, you can talk to Elvis, they are all on twitter. My point is your man on yellow ribbon picked out a couple of tweets from twitter. I get why you liked some of what he said, about the match rituals and all, but I thought it was a pretty cheap way to bring it up.

          1. Ken 1945 says:

            Thanks for the response Break-on-through.
            One of the really powerfull points from my point of view was the “writers” view of the City fans.
            It took me back to when Spuds were the dominant force in the 1960’s and they were playing some beautiful football.
            It was difficult to swallow their success, but our fan base stayed loyal, as did the City fans.
            We, of course, were never relegated, but our football was dire to say the least.
            As much as I dislike the way City has changed the face of football with their unlimited cash, I do have a sneaky admiration for the loyalty their supporters have shown, especially with Manure as their neighbours.
            Re. google etc haven’t got a clue, but I love sites and debates like this.
            Thanks for your response.

  13. Innit says:

    His chance of going to the World Cup would have decreased significantly if he stayed as he would have been 3rd place in the pecking order ahead of Welbeck and behind Aubameyang and Lacazette.

    It would have been nice to have him in Europa league but that’s in hindsight. Nobody new Lacazette would get injured. Giroud did the right thing in my opinion for his career.
    Also, I prefer Giroud over Morata anyway. I think they upgraded

    Okay, no more Giroud, Walcott, Alexis articles lol. We have Europa, League Cup coming up

  14. Break-on-through says:

    Arsenal were right to bring in Aubameyang making Giroud almost surplus, we all say how he’s great or good plan b, or second option, but none of us would expect to keep him as a third option. Someone mentioned how you couldn’t keep a third option on the money he’s on, nor expect a French first team international to agree to that. It’s not really a case of Giroud choosing to leave. Choosing Chelsea might be a different matter. I don’t mind him going there but when we play Chelsea down the line those feelings may change.

  15. jon fox says:

    A plea to all Arsenal fans who are on here to let me know if there is any other site with regular comment about Arsenal please? This one run by Admin Pat J seems to be for Chelsea fans, of late. For some bizarre reason this silly man seems to imagine we Gooners are interested in a Chelsea player. What next? The latest news on Cashley Hole, perhaps ?

    1. Admin says:

      Jon you can be really hard work sometimes! Look I have kept this site interesting for nearly ten years now and I love to hear all the differing views, even yours mate. But really are you not interested in a player that has been at Arsenal for five years and can give you an insight to the club?

      I have challenged you many times to write an article and see how you handle the criticism. I have done it for nine years but I love Arsenal and my opinions, and the other Arsenal fans that contribute, are entitled to their own viewpoint as well. If you want to look for another Arsenal site (it won’t be as interesting as this one obviously) then go ahead, OR you could try and engage people with your own opinions….

      Or maybe write about the differences between when you went to Highbury 40 years ago compared to now? I would love to hear you and Ken discussing the old days….

  16. Ken 1945 says:

    To all Arsenal fans, please read my previous comment regarding “She wore a yellow ribbon”.
    A really good thought provoking read about Arsenal fans and there views regarding boycotting games.
    Nothing about Wenger,the board or the owner I should add.
    Admin, thanks for keeping it on, I think you will get some feedback if any one decides to read it.

    1. Phil says:

      Ken. I did reply but probably went a bit overboard on my comments (not against you mate) and it never got through Admins Censorship.Bit disappointed it was pulled but the general gist was anyone who was boycotting the game were absolute Knobs.

      1. Admin says:

        Hi Phil, first of all I’ve jus checked and your comment got stopped by my “Swear-filter” lol. So not my decision.
        I have posted it now okay?
        Also I love listening to Ken (and even Jon even though he abuses me) coz i have been going to Highbury since 1969 and the memories are what made me. We rarely won a lot of games, but when we did….the Fairs Cup semi against Johan Cruyff’s Ajax was the most amazing atmosphere of my life!
        I think I should collect all these comments about the old days standing in the kids pit for ten bob and get them all together in a post.
        Anyone wanna contribute?

        1. Phil says:

          Hi Admin and thanks for the reply.
          Just couldn’t think of anything else to describe someone who would throw away a Cup Final as a protest.Whats he going to be doing FFS on Sunday while we are all at Wembley?Watch Songs Of Praise.
          Will sign off with an Old Codger stat of my own.
          Born 1956 and have seen Arsenal in EVERY CUP FINAL in my Lifetime,including Anderlecht Away in 1970 aged 13.

          1. Phil says:

            PS Admin-Good move on your part having a Swear Filter.

  17. Sue says:

    OT just seen Lauren kickboxing on premier league world….. I liked that guy

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      Is that OUR LAUREN?
      One of our most underated players.
      I loved his penalty against Spuds that was so awful but won us the game.
      What a team he was involved with…Fantastic memories!!!

      1. Sue says:

        Yes Ken our Lauren… he’s still really hench, probably more so now ?
        Yes that was some team…. they were awesome!
        I still love watching the old premier league years on Sky… those were the days… I hope we’ll be like that again one day ?

        1. Ken 1945 says:

          Keep hoping because it will happen!!
          We were lucky to have been around to witness it though weren’t we?
          I still believe that team would be as invincible today as they were then.
          Brilliant memories indeed.

          1. Sue says:

            ALWAYS a gooner hey Ken ?

  18. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Admin : so you want some story’s from the old days. When Tottenham won the 1960/61 double (a great side I might add) they beat us twice that year, 3-2 at Highbury and 4-2 at White hart Lane, so the following year we were looking for revenge. We played the first game in 61/62 season at their place on a red hot summer’s day and again they beat us 4-3 with a late Terry Dyson winner, so as a ten year old I am still yet to see my team Arsenal beat Spurs but I never had long to wait. Is was around Christmas time when we got them at Highbury on a freezing cold day. Now, there was a exit at the old Highbury ground just in front of the clock where all the youngsters used to aim for behind the goal which was the best position in the ground. Firstly being over an exit, nobody could block your view, and secondly there was a metal barrier behind you, so nobody could squash you, but to get this plot you had to be the first in the ground at !-30 pm when the gates opened. Well I can still remember dragging my seven year old cousin across the terraces aiming for the plot as fast as I could and we made it. Anyway getting back to the game, the first half Tottenham tore at us for all they were worth and from corner the ball rolled out to edge of the box and Dave Mackay hit a thunderbolt that even the great Jack Kelsey couldn’t stop despite a full length dive. 0-1 to Spurs. The second half was totally different. Roared on by 65,000 crowd, kicking towards the clock end, Arsenal were totally dominant, the equaliser came from Mel Charles, heading in a cross while surrounded by three Tottenham players. Highbury went mad, the atmosphere was electric, and the with about ten minutes to go Alan Skirton cut in from the right wing, got to the edge of the box and smashed a shot into the roof of the net for a fantastic winner. For me personally, my first victory I could actually say I watched live against a great Tottenham side was one of the greatest derby’s of sixty years following Arsenal

    1. Phil says:

      Glad the old memory is still working so well Kem

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Thanks Phil and Ken, True Gooners

    2. Ken 1945 says:

      Kenny Rolfe,
      Brilliant just brilliant.
      Just wish I could remember with such clarity and passion my first game, but I was so small then I just can’t.
      I used to go stand at the North Bank as a kid and got there as early as I could to try and get a position where I could lean against a barrier.
      Needless to say, as soon as the Arsenal attacked, the crowd swayed and moved to such an extent that I ended up not seeing much of the action at all.
      My family were all Spud supporters, so I had to endure being taken to the lane. I think that was why I rebelled and made the best decision of my life (sporting decision that is) to follow Arsenal.
      However, my Dad did not appreciate that decision and would not let me spend my pocket money on anything to do with Arsenal. Seriously that is how the intense rivalry was , even back then.
      At the Lane, they had a childrens enclosure where both sets stood and cheered with their scarves and rossettes worn with pride. Physical violence hadn’t arrived then.
      I could go on and on and on, but I guess the younger supporters will get bored.
      What a club we support!!!

      1. Phil says:

        To the TWO Ken’s-Congratulations for still being alive to share these memories.
        Looks like I’m up there with you Fulham Away 1962 aged Six.Lost 1-0.First time I remember eating Roasted Peanuts.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          You’re definitely up there Phil. Away games at six years old takes some beating.

          1. Phil says:

            I was born and lived in Fulham Kenny but you have to start somewhere

        2. Ken 1945 says:

          I can still remember vividly the guy who used to walk in the crowd at the North Bank shouting “peanuts”. They cost sixpence a bag and he never seemed to run out!! They were nice though weren’t they?
          Sue, you don’t know what you missed!!

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Ken, I’m sure you remember “peanuts, peanuts, tanner a bag” For the youngsters in the old currency a silver sixpence piece was known as a tanner.

      2. Kenny Rolfe says:

        My first Tottenham win Ken, not my first game, get it right. LOL

  19. Sue says:

    Nice reading about the good old days… sounds so different to how things are now! I wasn’t even born then! My first Arsenal game was at Highbury 1999 against Coventry. Parlour & Overmars scored… Petit was my favourite back then ?

    1. Phil says:

      Oh Sue-I wonder why

      1. Sue says:

        It was the ponytail ??

          1. Ken 1945 says:

            Sue, Phil, Kenny:
            You make an old man happy!!!!!
            The real beauty of these exchanges arethat we all have differing views, but respect each other..fantastic.

          2. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Absolutely Ken

          3. Phil says:

            Totally agree Guys and I Luv Sue.Always keeps it real

    2. Kenny Rolfe says:

      There was some dodgy teams in the old days Sue, wasn’t always successful but I’ll tell you Sue you were lucky enough so witness our greatest ever team in the Invincibles and our greatest ever player in Dennis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry, take your pick. We all know Sue, you’re also a true Gooner

      1. Phil says:

        I bet Sue picks Petit-it’s the PONYTAIL

        1. Ken 1945 says:

          O.K. you two men (sorry Sue before your time) what about David Price?
          I always thought he and Jon Sammels were so badly treated.
          The player of my time as an Arsenal supporter? Dennis, but also George Eastham deserves a candle.

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Price, although not one of the better players played an important part in late seventies side but Sammels, I’ll walk a million miles for one of your goals, one of the North Bank’s favourite songs.

          2. Phil says:

            David Price was so underrated.
            I always told my Son there would NEVER be a better footballer than Liam Brady play for Arsenal.My son was born in 1983 so never saw him as different era.
            My sons first season ticket was in 1994 so had a couple of dodgy seasons at the start until Bergkamp arrived.I then said Dennis would be the best player EVER in an Arsenal shirt.Then came Henry…….
            Now we have Iwobi ….
            Anyway …What about George Armstrong?What a footballer and so so so underrated

          3. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Without doubt Phil, the best uncapped player in the English game

  20. Kenny Rolfe says:

    And Joe Baker Ken, my idol, 100 goals in 156 games, one of our greatest centre forwards

    1. Kenny Rolfe says:

      Eastham and Baker linked up similar to Bergkamp and Henry. Yes highest praise, they were that good. Trouble was we couldn’t defend, now where have I heard that before.

      1. Ken 1945 says:

        Bring back George graham 1-0 to the Arsenal…another great era if one just wanted Arsenal to win..we we did of course!!!

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          I’ve said before Ken, If George had twenty goes at the Champions League he’d have at least three or four under he’s belt. Not as pretty as Arsene but when you think he won the Cup Winners Cup with the likes of Morrow Mcgoldrick and Selley in midfield, he’d have done it he’s way.

  21. Sue says:

    Phil, Ken 1945 & Kenny….. love talking to you fellow gooners….. ?

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