Olivier Giroud asserts that his move from Arsenal to Chelsea was ‘right’ one, after helping Chelsea defeat West Brom yesterday night.
Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea on Deadline day for reported £18 million and is expected to play an important role for Chelsea this season. Giroud made his Chelsea debut coming on as a substitute against Watford but didn’t got quite a chance to impress but the Frenchman started for Chelsea against West Brom and played a vital part before being subbed off after an hour mark.
Speaking to Evening Standard after defeating West Brom Olivier Giroud said:
“As a football player you need to move on and be ready the first day at your new club. It’s a new challenge for me. It was special for me to leave Arsenal because I had five amazing years there. But right now is a new chapter of my career and I’m focused 100 per cent on reaching our targets. I am very happy to be here at Chelsea.”
When asked about atmosphere among-st the players when he arrived, he replied: “I received a nice welcome and I was very happy with that. I know people support us and support me. I will try to repay them on the pitch. When you wear the shirt, people want you to give the maximum.
“I know I will have to be efficient, scoring and assisting sometimes. Obviously we don’t have too much time to integrate. But I feel very good and the players have been very good to me.
“Will I get more of a chance to play here? Yes, obviously that’s why I needed to move. Chelsea was the perfect team for me, the perfect club.
“I’m still playing in the Premier League and for the club that has won the most titles (along with Manchester United) in the past 13 years. It’s a massive club and I’m very proud to be here.”
Many doubted his fitness after Giroud limped off in the 60th minute and beforehand got stitches after being accidentally receiving a jolt in head by Ahmed Hegazi.
“I couldn’t play all the game because of my physical form,” the France international said. “I also had pain in my calf and I was limping.
“When they put five stitches in my head at half-time (because of the Hegazi challenge), I told them I wanted to carry on. But the calf was very painful so I couldn’t stay on for the whole game. I hope I can recover.”
Chelsea’s superstars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are yet to pen a new deal as Giroud explains their importance.
Giroud said: “They are very special players. It is very important to keep these kind of players for their leadership. I don’t have to say too much about their qualities because they show it.”