French connection the key for Giroud
France striker Olivier Giroud snubbed a move to Chelsea in favour of joining Arsenal because of the Gunners' strong French influence.
Giroud completed his £13m transfer from Montpellier yesterday after rejecting the chance to sign for the Champions League winners.
The in-demand 25-year-old prefers the set-up at Arsenal, and suspected Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo knew little about him.
"Why did I choose Arsenal rather than Chelsea?" Giroud said. "Because it is a club I love and I thought it would be easier for my adaptation.
"Arsenal is a great club. I feel it is a club that takes big care before signing a player, notably considering human values.
"There are French players. There is also Arsene Wenger who let me understand he really wanted me. Chelsea is very nice, it is a great club, but I am not convinced Di Matteo knows who I am."
Giroud denies he has been bought by Arsenal as a replacement for Robin van Persie. Van Persie is stalling over agreeing a new contract and has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City.
"I know what to expect," Giroud said. "Van Persie is a fantastic player who was outstanding last season. He has been at Arsenal for eight years and I hope I will have time to adapt and improve. Anyway, I don't go there to take his place."