Olivier Giroud has explained why it was an ‘easy’ decision to leave Arsenal in January and sign for Chelsea.
The French striker spent six years with the Gunners, scoring over 100 goals and helping the club win three FA Cups. On 31 January 2018, Giroud signed an 18-month contract with Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
The 31 years old believes he’s in the best team now. Although the Blues have mounted a miserable defence of their Premier League crown, Giroud believes they will bounce back.
‘‘When I had the opportunity to join Chelsea and stay in the Premier League, it was easy,’’ he told The Sun.
‘‘That Arsenal page is finished now and it’s a new chapter for my career. Now I am 100 percent focused on the Blues and achieving our targets.’’
‘‘I am at the best club in England in recent years because Chelsea have won more trophies than anyone else.’’
‘‘Chelsea are a massive club and we want to challenge for the title every single year. Obviously, the competition has been the toughest this year — with Man City, Liverpool doing well, Man United, even Arsenal.’’
‘‘That’s why I love the Premier League, it’s the best championship, it is very hard. I am a competitor so hopefully next year we will compete for it.’’
Giroud said he was delighted to join one of the biggest clubs in England upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge, but the first few months of his career in west London have been frustrating.
‘‘I have a good understanding with all of the players, on and off of the pitch. I always say that competition is good and nice for a striker because it forces you to improve and step up.’’
‘‘It is nice because Chelsea need several strikers because it is a big team. It is a nice competition, it is fair competition.’’
The Chelsea forward’s optimism for his team is definitely applaudable. Chelsea has had to face a lot this season for their form in the Premier League. Fans will be waiting for the Blues to bounce back!