Chelsea Football Club has today completed the signing of striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in a deal worth £18 million.
Giroud arrives with a wealth of experience and a proven pedigree at the highest level having scored goals regularly in the Premier League, in Europe and on the international stage, where he has represented France at three major tournaments.
A strong, physical forward, Giroud is lethal in the air and clinical with his feet in and around the penalty area.
The 31-year-old will wear the number 18 shirt and has signed an 18-month-contract.
Giroud said: ‘Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.’
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Olivier is a proven talent at the top level and we are very pleased to call him a Chelsea player.
‘He has scored goals regularly throughout his career and is well accustomed to English football and the Premier League. We are sure he will be a fantastic signing.’
Giroud joins country mates N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the Chelsea squad, and he is eligible to play in all three competitions for the Blues.
Chelsea have meanwhile loaned out Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the season.