Giroud completes transfer to Chelsea

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Olivier Giroud is taking his talents across the River Thames to Chelsea.

The club confirmed the transfer, worth a reported $25 million on transfer deadline day, as Giroud comes in to replace the departed Michy Batshuayi, who is set for a loan move to Borussia Dortmund.

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Giroud finishes his 5.5 years at Arsenal with 105 goals, never living up to expectations for him to be the next Robin Van Persie or Thierry Henry, but always a serviceable striker with a strong return rate on goals.

The meaty French forehead heads to Stamford Bridge on an 18-month contract, and crucially for Chelsea, he’s eligible for the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League moving forward in addition to regular Premier League action.