Chelsea sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal as Michy Batshuayi exits club
Chelsea news

Chelsea sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal as Michy Batshuayi exits club

31/01/2018

Chelsea have completed the signing of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal for a reported £16.25 million on an 18-month contract.

France international Giroud becomes the club's third signing of the window, joining midfielder Ross Barkley and left-back Emerson Palmieri at Stamford Bridge, and will wear the No. 18 shirt.

His deadline day transfer paved the way for striker Michy Batshuayi to join Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season, after BVB's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal earlier on deadline day for £56m.

Upon signing, Giroud told Chelsea's official website: "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."

And in a later post on his official Twitter account, he added: "I spent five and a half amazing years within the Arsenal family. This beautiful story ends today. Thank you for your warm welcome. I would like to especially thank the fans for their unconditional support upon my arrival."

Giroud is the first player to transfer directly from Arsenal to Chelsea since Ashley Cole's controversial move across London in August 2006.

A £12m signing from Montpellier in the summer of 2012, he scored 105 goals in 253 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, winning three FA Cups and three Community Shields.

Manager Arsene Wenger included Giroud in the squad for Tuesday's defeat at Swansea City despite his imminent departure, bringing him on in the second half.

"It's a tribute to his professionalism," Wenger said. "He's given great service to the club, never let us down on the performance front and saved us many times."

In a late deal on Wednesday, Chelsea also confirmed that 21-year-old midfielder Kasey Palmer has joined Derby on loan until the end of the season.

Related news

Mohamed Salah strike enough to earn Liverpool victory at Huddersfield

Mohamed Salah strike enough to earn Liverpool victory at Huddersfield

Liverpool ground out a 1-0 win at Huddersfield as Mohamed Salah's goal took them back up to second place in the Premier League table.

Lamela goal edges Spurs to derby win at West Ham

Lamela goal edges Spurs to derby win at West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over lowly London rivals West Ham United thanks to a deft first-half finish from Erik Lamela in their Premier League derby on Saturday.

City go top with 5-0 crushing of Burnley

City go top with 5-0 crushing of Burnley

Champions Manchester City took over sole control at the top of the Premier League table with an easy 5-0 win over Burnley, earning them a seventh win from their opening nine games.

Last-gasp Ross Barkley strike saves point for Chelsea against Manchester United

Last-gasp Ross Barkley strike saves point for Chelsea against Manchester United

Ross Barkley scored an injury-time equaliser as Chelsea salvaged a 2-2 draw with Manchester United on a dramatic afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool and Manchester City in stalemate as Riyad Mahrez skies late penalty

Liverpool and Manchester City in stalemate as Riyad Mahrez skies late penalty

Riyad Mahrez smashed a late penalty over the bar as Manchester City and Liverpool played out a dull 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Hazard, Barkley, Morata on target as Chelsea cruise to win at Southampton

Hazard, Barkley, Morata on target as Chelsea cruise to win at Southampton

Ross Barkley scored his first goal for Chelsea to help defeat Southampton 3-0 at St. Mary's on Sunday.

Arsenal hammer Fulham with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubles

Arsenal hammer Fulham with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubles

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored the goal of the game as Unai Emery's men made it nine consecutive wins in all competitions with this 5-1 victory over Fulham.

Alexis Sanchez the hero as Man United complete comeback vs. Newcastle

Alexis Sanchez the hero as Man United complete comeback vs. Newcastle

A 90th-minute goal by Alexis Sanchez helped Manchester United complete an unlikely comeback and claim a 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Eric Dier hands Spurs narrow win and sends 10-man Cardiff bottom

Eric Dier hands Spurs narrow win and sends 10-man Cardiff bottom

Eric Dier scored his first Premier League goal since April 2017 as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Cardiff City 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

RELATED NEWS

Mohamed Salah strike enough to earn Liverpool victory at Huddersfield
Huddersfield 0 - 1 Liverpool

Mohamed Salah strike enough to earn Liverpool victory at Huddersfield

Liverpool ground out a 1-0 win at Huddersfield as Mohamed Salah's goal took them back up to second place in the Premier League table.

Lamela goal edges Spurs to derby win at West Ham
West Ham 0 - 1 Tottenham

Lamela goal edges Spurs to derby win at West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over lowly London rivals West Ham United thanks to a deft first-half finish from Erik Lamela in their Premier League derby on Saturday.

City go top with 5-0 crushing of Burnley
Man City 5-0 Burnley

City go top with 5-0 crushing of Burnley

Champions Manchester City took over sole control at the top of the Premier League table with an easy 5-0 win over Burnley, earning them a seventh win from their opening nine games.

Last-gasp Ross Barkley strike saves point for Chelsea against Manchester United
Chelsea 2 - 2 Manchester United

Last-gasp Ross Barkley strike saves point for Chelsea against Manchester United

Ross Barkley scored an injury-time equaliser as Chelsea salvaged a 2-2 draw with Manchester United on a dramatic afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool and Manchester City in stalemate as Riyad Mahrez skies late penalty
Liverpool 0 - 0 Manchester City

Liverpool and Manchester City in stalemate as Riyad Mahrez skies late penalty

Riyad Mahrez smashed a late penalty over the bar as Manchester City and Liverpool played out a dull 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Hazard, Barkley, Morata on target as Chelsea cruise to win at Southampton
Southampton 0 - 3 Chelsea

Hazard, Barkley, Morata on target as Chelsea cruise to win at Southampton

Ross Barkley scored his first goal for Chelsea to help defeat Southampton 3-0 at St. Mary's on Sunday.

Arsenal hammer Fulham with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubles
Fulham 1 - 5 Arsenal

Arsenal hammer Fulham with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubles

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored the goal of the game as Unai Emery's men made it nine consecutive wins in all competitions with this 5-1 victory over Fulham.

Alexis Sanchez the hero as Man United complete comeback vs. Newcastle
Man United 3 - 2 Newcastle

Alexis Sanchez the hero as Man United complete comeback vs. Newcastle

A 90th-minute goal by Alexis Sanchez helped Manchester United complete an unlikely comeback and claim a 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Eric Dier hands Spurs narrow win and sends 10-man Cardiff bottom
Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 0 Cardiff City

Eric Dier hands Spurs narrow win and sends 10-man Cardiff bottom

Eric Dier scored his first Premier League goal since April 2017 as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Cardiff City 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.