Olivier Giroud bid farewell to London ending a 7 year stay as he left for AC Milan. A striker known for his tremendous work-rate, Giroud was a key player at Arsenal as well as Chelsea. His experience, rich-knowledge of the game and thumping presence makes him an immediate influence on the pitch. Just as much we will miss him, Giroud tweeted out a thank you to everyone he was involved with at Chelsea.
Olivier Giroud is one of the many French stars who were shown to the world by Arsene Wenger. Signing him from Ligue-1 winning side, Montpellier for £10.8m, Giroud spent 6 seasons at Arsenal before moving to Chelsea. London’s biggest club signed him in the winter transfer window of 2018. His exit was the start of an exodus of club icons such as Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Ozil and even Arsene Wenger.
His trophy cabinet is something very few players can boast about. The World Cup, the Europa League, the FA Cup, the Champions League, this guy has it all. He may not dribble past 4 players, he may not pass like Iniesta and his first-touch can be very inconsistent. He is a pure striker, lethal no matter how you give the ball to him. The ball reaches the back of the net.
A Bargain for AC Milan
Giroud was 30 when he joined Chelsea and has bundled in 39 goals in 119 appearances for the club. His influence is fine wine that only gets better with age. Even at 34, Giroud does not shy away from going for a diving header or attempting a scissor kick. He is a team player and is a role model to the younger lads who play with him. He will be joining Zlatan Ibrahimovic, another icon of the game who makes his presence felt wherever he goes.
Despite being a virtual backbone to the team, Giroud has decided to leave after falling down the pecking order. The arrival of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner and the emergence of Tammy Abraham has limited his impact to just stellar cameo appearances. Milan came knocking and Giroud knew it was time for him to leave. Different Leagues, same Giroud.
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