Last winter transfer window saw three similar transfers taking place in a circular fashion – Mitchy Batshuayi going to Borussia Dortmund from Chelsea, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining Arsenal from Dortmund and Arsenal star Olivier Giroud making a move to Chelsea.
In the end, it was found that all three transfers paid off for the players, and Giroud has now shared his thoughts on his move to the Stamford Bridge.
Since moving to Chelsea, the 31 year old striker has netted five times in 18 appearances. More importantly, he has established himself as the first choice striker ahead of Alvaro Morata. The Frenchman has further continued his good form in the national colours as well. On last Monday night, he found the nets against Republic of Ireland in a friendly. France won the game 2-0, and are well on course to get ready for the World Cup next month.
Following the impressive form Giroud has shown in recent times, chances are high he will be trusted with scoring responsibilities in Didier Deschamps’s side. The man himself knows that as well, and has credited his luck for that. He thinks that the move to Chelsea was a good one for him.
While talking to the press after Monday’s match, Giroud said, “I had to impose myself at Chelsea. I’ve always been lucky enough to have made the right decisions, if I can say that. I’ve always felt that I’ve had good fortune in that way.”
The Chelsea man also pointed out, “It’s not just about making the right choice. You have to make your mark too. I had the chance to do that and I’m very happy. It’s a development in my career in terms of my club.
“I feel very good there and it was definitely a new challenge that was needed for my development, for the rest of my career, and also for the World Cup”, he added. “I performed for Chelsea and that helped me keep my confidence up and to be in form so that I would be ready for France.”
The goal against Ireland was Giroud’s 31st goal from 72 international appearances for France. He now has surpassed Zinedine Zidane’s numbers to sit on the fourth place on his country’s scoring list. The striker was clearly ecstatic after achieving the feat. He told the reporters, “I obviously feel very proud. Zizou is a legend of French football and for me it’s clearly a great satisfaction on a personal level.”
It remains to see whether Olivier Giroud can be valuable for the national side in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.