Celebrating Olivier Giroud a former player of the club following France’s world cup win today over Croatia, Arsenal FC omitted Chelsea in their tribute.
Though it is not known if this was a deliberate mistake, however it should be noted that Giroud, who joined Chelsea in the January transfer window, failed to score a goal for France in Russia and didn’t even register a shot on target during the tournament.
The French player spent nearly six years at Arsenal and still remains well-regarded by the club and the majority of their supporters. The French football team Coach, Didier Deschamps kept faith in the 31-year-old to spearhead France’s attack, as his hold-up play and work off the ball enabled Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe to flourish.
As France secured their victory over Croatia, Giroud’s former football club Arsenal FC who paid him a special tribute on Twitter, detailed Giroud’s journey from starting out with Grenoble’s reserve team, who were playing in the fifth tier of French football, to ending up in a World Cup final for his national side.
However the English Football Club missed out a key detail, as they failed to reference the striker’s move to Chelsea earlier this year. Their tweet reads;
“From Arsenal to a regular for #FRA. And now… a #WorldCup winner! What a journey you’ve had, Olivier – we’re all so pleased for you.”
Here are reactions to the tweet;
Giroud forced an £18million move away from Arsenal during the winter transfer window when it became clear opportunities at the Emirates were going to be increasingly limited.
And despite acting as back-up to Alvaro Morata in west London, he scored his first Premier League goals for the club in the Blues’ brilliant fight back against Southampton where they were trailing 2-0.
Olivier Giroud had before now explained the reason for his move to Chelsea FC. The French footballer said he didn’t have to think twice about leaving Arsenal for London rivals Chelsea in January, calling the decision ‘easy’.
Speaking to The Sun, the 31-year-old said: “I am at the best club in England in recent years because Chelsea have won more trophies than anyone else.”