Chelsea have been known to be in the market for a tall and imposing striker since the transfer window opened, with moves for Edin Džeko and Andy Carroll falling short.
They’ve been linked with Gunners striker Giroud for the last week or so, with the Frenchman looking to secure more first-team football ahead of the World Cup this summer.
And the Daily Star are claiming a £15 million fee has been agreed between the two London clubs for Giroud’s services – and Gooners everywhere are absolutely furious.
He might not always be the first name on the team-sheet but it seems Giroud’s flashes of brilliance have turned him into a cult figure amongst supporters:
Giroud to Chelsea would hurt more than Alexis to Manchester United.
— Satyam Arya (@indiangooner7) January 29, 2018
I’m genuinely more angry about Giroud to Chelsea than I am about Alexis to Utd.
— GoonerGordo2 (@GoonerGordo2) January 29, 2018
Willing to personally chain myself to Giroud to stop him from leaving, don’t leave us you beautiful French bastard
— ? (@sarahhandleyx) January 29, 2018
I dont care if you think he is a donkey or a lamppost or a calvin klien model. Giroud has to stay.
— Supree (@LadyGooner8) January 29, 2018
Giroud is that fresh pair of pyjamas you get into after a long shower. He is that hot cup of tea when you get home. He is always there for you in those trying moments. Giroud transcends time, space and transfer windows. He was always supposed to be there.
— shamacita (@Shambha_v) January 29, 2018
If £15m & add ons for Giroud to Chelsea is true then that’s poor, especially when the team is a direct rival.
— GoonerChris1886 (@GoonerChris1886) January 29, 2018
Might kill myself if Giroud leaves
— Ryan (@ACDeadPeople) January 29, 2018
Can we not offload Welbeck? Really don’t wanna see Giroud leave, especially to the chavs. He loves the Arsenal.
— Arsenal Davey (@ArsenalDavey) January 29, 2018
If that’s true Giroud to Chelsea for 15m then woah.
That’s us making the best (Aubameyang) and worst transfer deal of the transfer window.
— RedWhiteGooner ?⚪️ (@RedWhite_Gooner) January 29, 2018
Giroud pls baby don’t go
— Toby (@ybotoby) January 29, 2018
Looks like Giroud really is going to join you know who.. pic.twitter.com/2Mya5MREn1
— Faisal (@MrrArsenal) January 29, 2018
Giroud leaving will be the most painful since Van Persie. Such a great man and warrior, always fought for this club even tho most of our fans didn’t deserve him. Will forever love you Oli.
— Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) January 29, 2018
15m for Giroud is not good a business @Arsenal
— August (@Gustizo) January 29, 2018
Me hearing the possibility of Giroud to Chelsea pic.twitter.com/qRQLjJe7cN
— Bobby Chakraborty (@Boblex) January 29, 2018
What do you think of the impending deal? Will it be a blow to Arsenal? And should they really be doing business with a close rival?