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Olivier Giroud moved to Chelsea from Arsenal in the January transfer window, and the France international has seen his career resurrect for both club and country since he joined the Blues.

The 31-year-old scored the opening goal shortly before half-time as Les Bleus cruised to a 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at the Stade de France on Monday, and the goal took him to the joint 4th of France all time goalscorers.

When asked by ESPN FC if his goal against Ireland was further evidence that his decision to leave Arsenal after five-and-a-half years had paid off, Giroud said: “I had to impose myself at Chelsea all the same. I´ve always been lucky enough to have made the right decisions, if I can say that. I´ve always felt that I’ve had good fortune in that way.

“It’s not just about making the right choice. You have to make your mark too. I had the chance to do that and I’m very happy. It’s a development in my career in terms of my club.

“I feel very good there and it was definitely a new challenge that was needed for my development, for the rest of my career, and also for the World Cup.

“I performed for Chelsea and that helped me keep my confidence up and to be in form so that I would be ready for France.”

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