Playing the substitute role is nothing new to Oliver Giroud seeing as that was one of the reasons he left Arsenal for Chelsea in 2018.
While stating his reasons for leaving Arsenal, Giroud revealed he was tired of being a reserve at the Emirate Stadium after the Gunners had signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Sadly, the same situation is playing itself out for the Frenchman in Chelsea with Lampard preferring English youngster, Tammy Abraham over him.
With the English youngster in top form, Giroud might have to sit on the sideline for a while but he has voiced his dissatisfaction where he stated he will not accept it the way he did in Arsenal.
“Accept it? No, I do not accept it.”
“You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always
been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do
not criticize him.”
“But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a
pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach
for explanations.” (SportWitness)
Being an experienced player puts Giroud ahead of many others in the current Chelsea squad. With five-and-a-half seasons at Arsenal and his third season in Chelsea, he fits well in term of experience.
The World Cup win was key to Chelsea’s Europe League conquest two seasons ago with his aerial work. He had 4.5 successful aerial duels per match, or a 69% success rate. (FootyStats)
The former Montpellier star is aging, and his minutes have been declining since appearing in all 38 of Arsenal’s league outings in 2015-16.
With Lampard vowing to institute a high-energy brand of play featuring aggressive pressing high up the pitch, Giroud’s limited pace and movement may prove consequential, though he’s a sneaky good passer.
For Giroud, leaving Arsenal for Chelsea should be a progression. During his short time in Chelsea, the Frenchman won the FA Cup and the Europa League. While Giroud’s goals for Chelsea so far is hardly the regularity that a team of Chelsea’s pedigree would expect, the Frenchman has contributed tellingly in other aspects, particularly with his link-up play and ability to create goals.
His goal-scoring record in the Premier League for Chelsea might be poor but to focus solely on goals scored would negate Giroud’s greatest strengths. Arguably, his greatest asset is his selflessness.