​Olivier Giroud has offered an explanation as to why he snubbed Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window.


The 31-year-old left Arsenal after five-and-a-half seasons with the club to join Chelsea in a £20m deal, but Giroud was linked with a move to the Bundesliga - a switch Michy Batshuayi ended up making instead to allow for Giroud to join the Blues.

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Speculation was rife that the Frenchman would be transferred to Peter Stoger's team, to pave the way for the Gunners to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


The striker said, as quoted by the ​Mirror: "The future looked gloomy with the arrival of a new striker [Aubameyang]. I wanted to become happier again by playing, so I left - it is as simple as that.


"The easiest solution was to go to Dortmund. Arsenal were happy, Dortmund as well. 

It was the offer most interesting, financially speaking. I have a very good contract at Chelsea but Dortmund really wanted me.

"It happened after a game of poker, like in all transfers. It dragged on, I started to get stressed because my third child was born at that exact moment. That was also why I did not want to go to Dortmund.


"Spending four months without seeing him, I do not know how I could have done it. It was why, I needed to take the bull by the horns."


Giroud also revealed that ​he had spoken at length with Arsene Wenger before his sale, with the 68-year-old only wanting the best for the player ahead of the World Cup this summer.

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