Olivier Giroud: France boss Didier Deschamps told me to quit Arsenal

first_img1 New Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed France manager Didier Deschamps told him to leave Arsenal to boost his World Cup hopes.Giroud could make his Chelsea debut in Monday’s Premier League clash against Watford, having moved to Stamford Bridge on deadline day of the January transfer window.The 31-year-old Frenchman was also wanted by the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Roma, but he opted to remain in London and joined the Blues in a £18million deal.His move across the capital comes having fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal this season, and Giroud has revealed he was urged to change clubs for the good of his international career.“Deschamps didn’t encourage me to join Chelsea, he encouraged me to change clubs,” the striker told French TV station, Telefoot.“Everyone knows my attachment to the France side and every time I wear the shirt it’s with a lot of pride.“So of course I want to play the World Cup in Russia, which will surely be my last, so I need to give myself every chance.“One week before the end of the transfer window, we spoke, yes. I needed to get his opinion, that’s all.”READ MORE: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal owed Olivier Giroud his move to Chelsea so he can go to the World CupGiroud’s place in Arsene Wenger’s side first became under threat following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette in the summer, although he was keen to fight for his spot and still managed nine goals.However, following the club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, he knew his time at the Emirates was over. “My choice was simple,” Giroud added.“Last summer, I wanted to stay with Arsenal to try my luck even though Alex Lacazette arrived. The fact remains the coach wanted to recruit another centre forward.“With Aubameyang signing for Arsenal that would have made it at least three centre-forwards. That’s the logic and why I decided to leave Arsenal.“There’s obviously a form of disappointment. But you can understand it. Even though I’d spent five and a half magnificent years there it was logical for my career to evolve and to find a new challenge.“I could have stayed, but I needed solutions, I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea were a great option for me. There was Dortmund interested, but for a loan deal. There was Sevilla, and my agent received a call from Roma at one stage.“But the choice was fairly clear and obvious from the moment I knew Antonio Conte wanted to work with me.” Olivier Giroud could make his Chelsea debut on Monday night last_img read more

Apple Watch is the most well made smartwatch

first_imgIt can be argued that the Apple Watch is the most hyped product since the original iPad. And like the iPad it has a penchant for polarising opinion. While it is still not available in India, fanboys and connoisseurs alike have thronged and acquired it by hook or crook. We managed to get our grimy mitts on one too, and on initial inspection it looks a cut above any smartwatch in the market purely on the basis of build quality.We checked out the steel model, which sits bang on between the base range ‘Sport’ model and the absurdly expensive ‘Edition’ gold plated wearable. Unlike most traditional timepieces, the Apple Watch has a square dial. It looks darn good, somehow Apple has made a product that looks good in this shape. So far, only the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R have been aesthetically accepted as smartwatches and both of them have round dials.Apple’s argument is that for a card based user interface a square dial is just logical. We agree with Apple, as even the Moto 360 has an ungainly cutaway on the bottom half of its screen. Moreover, if you look at Android Wear some of the interface elements don’t make sense on a circular screen.That’s the thing about the Apple Watch. A lot about it makes sense. For instance, the digital crown on the side is quite an intuitive way to move back and forth between the home screen and the watch face. A swipe to the top brings up cards, which can be horizontally swiped to show different apps. Its synergy with the iPhone is also pretty solid, but then again we just played with the product for around 5 hours.advertisementThe owner of the Watch told me that he did not need to worry about the battery. By around 8PM, the Apple Watch still had around 60 per cent battery life after being used throughout the day.While all these things are good, the most striking thing about the Apple Watch is its looks. The main problem with most smartwatches is that they just don’t look like wristwatches. People, more importantly, tech companies forget, for many the watch as a time piece is dead, it is more of a fashion statement.This is where the Apple Watch scores highly. With its beautiful retina display and steel dial, it has the fit a finish of relatively expensive Tissot. Most smartwatches just look cheap including the LG G-Watch R and the Moto 360. Unlike most smartwatches the steel version of the Apple Watch also has a sapphire screen and back, which is one of the hardest materials to scratch.Apple makes a number of watch bands through a custom clasping mechanism. The clasping mechanism is super easy to use and now even third parties are making straps. The one we played with actually had a third party dark blue leather strap, which was bought for $50.The smartwatch as a category remains unproven and the Apple Watch is not necessarily more functional, but it is wildly superior in fit and finish and aesthetics.last_img read more