International breaks are always very good for throwing up the odd player interviews that causes some debates and talk, and this one is no different.
The latest interview was former Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on TalkSport’s breakfast show this morning, and of course he was taking questions on his time and Arsenal and Chelsea.
The AC Milan forward says he had a better time at Chelsea than he did at Arsenal because he won honours at Stamford Bridge, which was why he joined us in the first place and made the switch. Same reason as why Ashley Cole made the same switch. Chelsea win trophies, Arsenal, not so much!
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Giroud had a very successful time at Chelsea but it was his time to leave this summer after he realised he wasn’t going to get much playing time with Timo Werner there, and Romelu Lukaku arriving as well.
But what a guy he is!
“[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 Montpellier 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.”