Giroud eyes Chelsea chance after bruising full debut

Chelsea’s French attacker Olivier Giroud plays with a bandage on his head after getting caught in a challenge during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /

Olivier Giroud is focused on nailing down a first-team place at Chelsea after a dramatic full debut against West Brom, during which he was forced to have five stitches for a head wound.

The France striker, who moved from Arsenal for £18 million ($25 million) last month, impressed during Monday’s 3-0 win against West Brom at Stamford Bridge, where he created the first of Eden Hazard’s two goals before being substituted in the second half.

He had been struggling with a calf injury, having already had five stitches for a cut when taking studs to the head, but his manager Antonio Conte expects him to be fit for Friday’s FA Cup fifth-round fixture with Hull.

“It’s been a while since I played regularly and that’s why I needed to move,” said Giroud, who was replaced by Chelsea’s summer signing Alvaro Morata. “I needed a new challenge and Chelsea was the perfect club for me.

“It’s the Premier League, a club which has won more titles in the past 10 years than any other. It’s a massive club and I am very proud to be here and to carry on my career.

“I feel very good. It’s been maybe two months since I started a game so I felt good. I worked hard in training to be physically ready and to do what the coach asked me to do tactically. There is still room for improvement but I take a lot of pleasure from (my performance) and I’m happy to set the first goal for Eden.”

The 31-year-old said he was focused on Chelsea after “five amazing years” at Arsenal.

“I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on, but the calf was very painful and I couldn’t play the whole game,” he added.


  1. Dking2 weeks agoReply

    this post is very informative and also good for the public

  2. Baaki Terlumun Fidelis2 weeks agoReply

    Every day comes with news that can inform humanity about happenings around the world

  3. nathaniel2 weeks agoReply

    with what he played yesterday and always being at the right place to attack and he step up his game he will be a first team player

  4. Oyewale Emmanuel kolawole2 weeks agoReply

    The guy really impress me yesterday.I wish him good luck

  5. Vincent Samuel2 weeks agoReply

    All Chelsea players played well,they got a good result there.
    Congrats to them…

  6. lambart19822 weeks agoReply

    Giroud is a great player i pray he recover in time so as to help the club maintain fine form

  7. Jamesbright282 weeks agoReply

    There is still room for improvement but I take a lot of pleasure from (my performance) and I’m happy to set the first goal for Eden,, that encouragement is good

  8. Shegdad2 weeks agoReply

    At least, these one play pass batsuayi. so, I believe with time, he would improve

  9. Sobomabo whyte2 weeks agoReply

    I think Giroud should will be a regular in Chelsea start up

  10. babatunde Ojelabi2 weeks agoReply

    i wish him good luck in his sojourn with chelsea………

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