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Olivier Giroud has told talkSPORT that he found it harder to leave Chelsea than Arsenal.

Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier in the summer of 2012.

The France international striker moved to Chelsea from London and Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018.

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The 35-year-old switched to Italian club AC Milan in the summer of 2021 after leaving Chelsea.

The striker has said that he found it harder to leave Chelsea than to quit Arsenal.

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Giroud told talkSPORT: “[I spent] three seasons-and-a-half there [at Chelsea]. I had an amazing time at Arsenal but [at Chelsea] I can say even more because I won the big titles.

“It was emotionally difficult to leave when I left Montpelier and Arsenal, but even more tough [at Chelsea] because I didn’t play the last three months so it was evidence for me to leave and go for another challenge.

“I felt frustrated a little bit to not play the last three months because I contributed well to the Champions League success by finishing top scorer for the team.

“But what can I say? We were so successful and I am so pleased with the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League. I scored a few important goals.

“It was tough to leave Chelsea and the Premier League but at the end of the day I think it was the best solution for me.”

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Successful at Arsenal and Chelsea

Giroud was a success at both Arsenal and Chelsea.

The striker won the FA Cup thrice with the Gunners.

Then with Chelsea, Giroud won the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League once each.

During his time at Arsenal, the Frenchman scored 105 goals in 253 games.

At Chelsea, Giroud scored 39 goals in 119 appearances.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker is doing well at Milan at the moment.

The Milan no.9 has scored two goals in three Serie A matches already this season.

Milan finished in the Serie A top four last season and are playing in the Champions League this campaign.

The Rossoneri will also aim to at least challenge for the Scudetto this season.

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