Giroud Opens Up About Emotional Chelsea Europa League Win Against Arsenal

Olivier Giroud has opened up about the time Chelsea won the Europa League in May 2019 – that too against his old club Arsenal.

Giroud was with Arsenal from 2012 – 2018 before joining Chelsea in 2018. The Europa League win against Arsenal was special for everyone, but for Giroud – it was more than just a win. It was a sentimental memory.

“That final against Arsenal was obviously very special for me emotionally,” Giroud said to the official Chelsea website. “When I saw that we were going to face Arsenal in the final, I knew it was going to be special.

“On top of that, it was only a year after I left. I have quite a lot of friends over there, people who work in the club’s offices. That was extra motivation for me and I knew that it was going to be a high-pressure match.”

Giroud scored the first goal at the last 3 minutes of the second round – a close call.

“I scored, I got an assist and I won the penalty so quite a lot of good things happened there for me because I was involved in three goals out of the four that we scored,” he said.

“It was like in a dream because I couldn’t have imagined that it would go so well, so perfectly for us.

“I wanted to win things at Chelsea – that’s why I was even more motivated that night – but winning against your old club like that.

“It’s all about winning. That final was even more special because it was against Arsenal, and I went out there to win the trophy. That’s how you can leave your mark on history, by writing your name in the record books.”


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