Striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that his performances has been below par since switching Arsenal for Chelsea in the January transfer window, per report.
Giroud was sacrificed by Arsenal on the transfer deadline day of the January transfer window in a deal that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaced him at the Emirates while Michy Batshuayi moved to Borrussia Dortmund in the stead of Aubameyang.
Giroud has scored only once for Chelsea in the Premier League since his move and he has featured in seven League games thus far.
Known for his scorpion kick that earned him the FIFA Puskas award, Giroud scored the excess of 100 goals in 253 appearances for Arsenal and this is despite his latter cameos coming from the bench. The French forward admitted to being frustrated since joining Chelsea.
‘I am happy with my adaptation, the welcome I received, the relationship on the ground with my partners,’ he told L’Equipe. ‘But, that could have, it should have, been more goals. In terms of statistics, I am very attached to this, I remain stuck at one goal and three assists. ‘It is sure that it is not enough, but in time I will do it.’
The 30-year-old star joined Arsenal from Montpellier in the summer of 2012 and despite spending six years at the club, he mostly did not earn plaudits from the fans of Arsenal. He won three FA Cups during his spell with the Gunners.
He added that it was ideal for him to join Arsenal midway through the season and had sustained an injury, which he claimed that is not an excuse for his poor form.
‘You have to be demanding with yourself,’ Giroud added. ‘If I signed to Chelsea, it’s to have a new challenge. I knew there was going to be a wait.
‘When you sign like that in January, it’s never easy because you have to acclimatize to your team. ‘But I really wanted to be ready right away, even though I was coming back from almost six weeks of injury. It was a little paradoxical.’
Chelsea slipped out of the top four of the Premier League but they will be looking to win the FA Cup.