Olivier Giroud ‘doesn’t accept’ Chelsea role but has no regrets over leaving Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud has declared that he doesn’t accept his reduced role under Frank Lampard.

Tammy Abraham’s excellent form has seen Giroud restricted to just three Premier League appearances so far this season. 

Giroud, who also struggled to command a regular starting berth last season, is determined to fight for a place in the side and refused to criticise head coach Frank Lampard. 

Olivier Giroud has stated that he doesn't accept his reduced role at Chelsea this season

Olivier Giroud has stated that he doesn't accept his reduced role at Chelsea this season

Olivier Giroud has stated that he doesn’t accept his reduced role at Chelsea this season

Giroud told Le Pelerin: ‘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 criticise him.

‘But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch.

‘Last year, when I felt I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.’

Giroud admitted that it was difficult to leave Arsenal in January 2018, but he doesn’t have any regrets over  

Despite his lack of playing time, Giroud doesn't have any regrets over his move from Arsenal

Despite his lack of playing time, Giroud doesn't have any regrets over his move from Arsenal

Despite his lack of playing time, Giroud doesn’t have any regrets over his move from Arsenal

‘It was not easy to leave Arsenal for Chelsea two years ago. I loved Arsenal.

‘But it was a progression because Chelsea is the English club that has won the most titles, with Man City, in ten years.

‘I had competitors in attack – Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, who ended up leaving.’

Giroud reflected on winning two trophies with Chelsea.  

He said: ‘I won at the end: I played the final of the FA Cup in 2018 and the Europa League final in 2019.

‘Once again, I’m starting the year in difficulty, but as my brother said, I have always built myself in the face of adversity. Although I would like there to be less!’

Since joining Chelsea, Giroud has scored 19 goals in 68 appearances, while he has provided 13 assists.

The 33-year-old scored a penalty as France beat Iceland 1-0 away in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday.  

 

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