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“Van Persie hurt, but this …” – Arsenal fans react as Giroud stars for Chelsea

Gone, but certainly not forgotten.

Olivier Giroud’s impressive performance on his Chelsea debut on Monday night hit home hard with the Arsenal fans.

The Frenchman was controversially sold on deadline day during the January transfer window, moving to Stamford Bridge in an £18 million to make way for the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And while the Gunners fans certainly welcomed the addition of the former Borussia Dortmund man, not many were comfortable with letting Giroud part after establishing himself as a fan favourite at The Emirates in his five-year spell at the club.

Those doubts were proved right last night after the France international made an impressive start to his career at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud was a fan favourite at The Emirates before his departure for Chelsea in January.

Making his first start at the club, Giroud was unable to find the scoresheet for his new side, but certainly played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Not only did he link up gloriously with Eden Hazard to assist the Belgian for Chelsea’s opener, but he also showed some touches and moments of quality throughout that had Chelsea fans purring and Arsenal fans with their head in their hands.

To condone the Gooners misery, their own side have faltered in Giroud’s absence – losing 1-0 in the North London derby to Tottenham and producing one of the most luck-lustre attacking displays of the season so far.

Arsenal fans want their handsome Frenchman back, and sharpish …

 

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