New Chelsea FC signing reveals advice from Arsenal legend

Olivier GIroud reveals that Robert Pires told him that Chelsea FC would suit his game before his move from Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Olivier Giroud
Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud Photo: Screengrab

Olivier Giroud has revealed that Robert Pires told him that a move to Chelsea FC would suit his game after his switch from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The French striker has been settling into life at Stamford Bridge after opting to leave the Gunners and sign for their London rivals.

Giroud had found his playing time at Arsenal to be limited this season and the 31-year-old was keen to seek the opportunity for regular spots in the starting line-up in the lead-up to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The forward has scored one goal in all competitions since his move and has been deployed regularly up front as a target man by Antonio Conte.

And Giroud has now lifted the lid on how some advice from former Arsenal players helped to convince him that a move across London was the right one for him.

Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, Giroud said: “Some football legends, such as Robert Pires, who’s a friend, Freddy Ljungberg or even some former Chelsea payers have said to me that Chelsea’s game would suit me because they have always played with a big forward up front and they cross the ball a lot.

“We have a set-up that allows us to go down the flanks or link up through the middle with the No. 10s, who bounce off the centre-forward who is a point of reference in line with the coach’s demands.”

Giroud will be hoping to feature for Chelsea FC when the Blues return to Premier League action after the international break with a crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table as they look to break back into the top four before the end of the season.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Exclusive interview
The Sport Review
Exclusive interview: John Barnes on why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool FC’s most important player
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Laver Cup 2019
The Sport Review
Laver Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal to again join forces with Roger Federer in Geneva
The Sport Review
Paul Merson: What I truly think of Lucas Torreira at Arsenal
The Sport Review
All change for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, as shortlist of nominees kept under wraps