Olivier Giroud has opened up on his exit from Premier League after playing for Arsenal and Chelsea for a combined period of nine-and-a-half years. The France international moved to AC Milan this summer after finding himself fall down the pecking order with the arrival of Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea.
Giroud, who scored 39 goals in 119 appearances for Chelsea was sold to AC Milan for a £3.6m fee in the summer after a three-and-a-half year spell at Stamford Bridge. The forward has had a good start to his career at AC Milan by scoring two goals in his first five games.
Speaking on talkSport the forward admitted it was tougher for him to leave Chelsea when compared to Arsenal, where he spent six years. The France international said “I had an amazing time at Arsenal but [at Chelsea] I can say even more because I won the big titles.”
“It was emotionally difficult to leave when I left Montpellier and Arsenal, but even more tough [at Chelsea] because I didn’t play the last three months so it was evidence for me to leave and go for another challenge.”
“I felt frustrated a little bit to not play the last three months because I contributed well to the Champions League success by finishing top scorer for the team.”
“But what can I say? We were so successful and I am so pleased with the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League. I scored a few important goals. It was tough to leave Chelsea and the Premier League but at the end of the day I think it was the best solution for me.”
Speaking on his start to life at Italy, Giroud said “I started the season very well, I made a good pre-season with goals. My first game at the San Siro I scored a brace. I feel very good but after that I’ve been stopped in my good run because of COVID.”
“I think started too early from COVID because I then got a back injury, something I’ve never had before. I felt a bit upset as the back is so important and you can’t do anything without the back.”
“Now I start to get better and am training with the team so now hopefully I’ll be pain free and hopefully I’m in the squad for the weekend.“