During his first five and a half years in England, French league-winner Olivier Giroud had the chance to witness first-hand Arsenal not coming anywhere near close to winning the English equivalent. Manchester United did, so did City. Even Leicester City managed one! The other two went to Chelsea, with City adding a second last May as well.
Arsenal did win a couple FA Cups, but they were scant consolation for the fans, the manager, and even Giroud himself. And he’s already won another one of those in his three months at Chelsea, playing a key role in Conte’s swansong and Chelsea beat Manchester United in last year’s Wembley final. Giroud then went on win the World Cup with France.
And yet, he still wants more. More titles is what motivates him, and it’s what he believes he will (continue to) earn at Chelsea. Why would he want to leave, like some rumors claimed this past summer?
“It did not go as far as was claimed. There was contact [from Marseille] last year, but nothing really concrete this summer. I had just arrived at Chelsea, it was not the time to pack my bags again three months later.”
“For me, Chelsea is the top club in England, the one that has won the most titles over the last 10 years. I am where I wanted to be. So why leave?”
-Olivier Giroud; source: L’Equipe via Goal
Much like former Arsenal man Cesc Fàbregas back in 2015, Giroud has already fallen in love with Chelsea. The feeling is mutual.
Cesc has earned his two titles in a blue shirt; will Giroud get a chance to earn one as well?