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Olivier Giroud: Playing at Chelsea was more demanding than time at Arsenal

by Sheu Abiodun

Oliver Giroud has claimed that his three year spell at Chelsea was more “demanding” than his six years at Arsenal, owing to the pressure of fighting for the title from the start of the season.

The French striker currently plays for AC Milan, having left Chelsea this summer.

He was never a Premier League champion, although he won the Champions League, Europa League, and FA Cup during his time at Chelsea, and three FA Cups at Arsenal.

Speaking to The Athletic, Giroud said: “At Chelsea, when you are not scoring enough goals they might pick up another striker to replace you. Maybe in a club like Chelsea you have less time to show your qualities than at Arsenal. That’s the main difference and the last 10 years show that Chelsea have won more trophies.

“But they spend much more money than Arsenal. I loved playing at Arsenal with Arsene Wenger. It was my childhood dream and I can never thank him enough. But it was so hard to fight for the title. Always the target was for us to finish in the top four. To fight for the title was too difficult.

“The money is huge. If you win the Champions League and buy a striker at £90 million, it shows the money is huge. But there might be something else that makes Chelsea win more than Arsenal. Maybe we’re more demanding because you have to fight for the title from the start of the season.

“We were ninth when Frank was sacked… maybe if it was at Arsenal, they would have given him longer to come back. At Chelsea it never happens and that’s why you have to be good sooner.”

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