Olivier Giroud has admitted that it was harder for him to leave Chelsea over the summer than it was moving from Arsenal in 2018.
The 35-year-old, who is now playing for AC Milan after leaving the Blues for just less than £1million in July, moved from the Gunners to Stamford Bridge in January 2018 in something of a surprise transfer.
Giroud won three FA Cups in four seasons during his time with Arsenal, but at Chelsea, the Frenchman won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League in a shorter period of time.
Now, Giroud has opened up on his departure from both London clubs and has explained which one was more difficult and why.
The France international told talkSPORT: “[I spent] three seasons-and-a-half there [at Chelsea]. 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.”
The French striker then opened up on what his biggest regret was during his time with Arsenal and Chelsea and it’s clear he was desperate to taste Premier League success with the two clubs, but ultimately failed to do so – something he referenced when asked about Theo Walcott.
Giroud, when asked about his former Arsenal team-mate Walcott, replied: “Theo, my man. How are you bro? I felt like we had such good a time together at Arsenal.
“I wished we could have won the league, that’s my only regret from the Premier League with Arsenal and Chelsea but I really enjoyed playing with him because he’s such a top football player but also a great man.”
Source by Football London