France international and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger will be displeased not to see him star in the upcoming world Cup, according to reports.
Giroud left Arsenal for Chelsea when fans and pundits least expected as he was sacrificed in the transfer wheel that saw Michy Batshuayi joined Borrussia Dortmund from Chelsea and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borrussia Dortmund.
The 31-year-old forward has been sparingly used by Arsene Wenger since last term and the signing of Lacazette and Aubameyang pushed him further down the selection pecking order of Arsene Wenger.
However, before Giroud left Arsenal, Wenger assured him that he has the quality to work with any manager and that it was circumstance that led to his sale. Giroud also joined Chelsea to play second fiddle to Alvaro Morata but he has been impressive – scoring one goal and providing two assist in three games.
Giroud revealed that Wenger told him he would ‘pissed off’ if he does make it to the World Cup in Russia just before he left the Gunners.
“The coach immediately said to me: ‘Don’t worry, I will do my best so that you are happy’,” Giroud told France Football.
“On one side, it was normal. I had never asked to leave. “On the other, I knew that he would not cause problems given the relationship we had always had.
“He even said to me that it would p*** him off if I did not go to Russia.”
Giroud is adept and making key passes and holding on to the ball with his back in goal to bring forth his team mates into a game. And despite being heavily criticised at Arsenal, he was also salvaging vital points for Arsenal.
The French forward revealed that it was his decision to leave Arsenal and not just the decision of Arsenal.
“I went to see the coach to ask him where he was with Aubameyang,” Giroud added.
“I put him under a bit of pressure, like my agent, who I spoke to several times a day. It is normal.
“I did not want to be deprived of going to Chelsea which was the best solution for me.”