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Olivier Giroud joins Chelsea from Arsenal for £18m

Olivier Giroud has completed his move from Arsenal to Chelsea on an 18-month deal for a fee of about £18m.

Giroud, who joined Arsenal from French Ligue 1 side Montpellier for a reported £12m in June 2012, has signed a contract until 2019 with an option for a further year.

Giroud told the club’s 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.”

Club 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.”

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