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Arsenal get their man Aubameyang, Mahrez in City's sights

Arsenal get their man Aubameyang, Mahrez in City's sights

Chelsea have announced the signing of striker Olivier Giroud from Premier League rivals Arsenal for a reported £18million, ending the club's long hunt for a new centre-forward.

The 28-year-old Gabonese worldwide joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for 63.75 million euros, the most expensive deal in the history of the English team on Wednesday, reports Efe.

£56million - new Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's signature cost a club record and was the highest on deadline day.

Michy Batshuayi's eagerness to earn a place in Belgium's squad for the World Cup is encouraging for Borussia Dortmund, head coach Peter Stoger has said.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Conte said: 'Morata is still out, we hope to be able to solve his situation, but he has a problem in his back and is missing a lot of games, it is not a good situation for me or for team'.

"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 global stage, where he has represented France at three major tournaments". A lot of players went in front of him so I can not fault him or be upset with him for going to Chelsea when he's not playing at Arsenal.

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"I would like to especially thank the fans for their unconditional support upon my arrival", he wrote on Twitter.

A statement on the club's website reads: "Chelsea Football Club has today completed the signing of striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal".

Giroud joins the club after a lengthy search for a target man. Andy Carroll and Ashley Barnes were also considered, but Giroud signing is surely the best case scenario out of all them.

"Giroud gave great service; he never let us down on the commitment front and saved us many times", said Arsene Wenger.

Belgium global Batshuayi, 23, has made 32 league appearances for Chelsea since joining the club from Marseille in July 2016, scoring seven goals. "Of course, I can join Micki [former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan] in this team, so I'm really happy to be here in this great team", Aubameyang said.


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