Chelsea will face Arsenal in the final of the Europa League, and one talking point for the Chelsea team is whether Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri should start Olivier Giroud or Gonzalo Higuain in the striking role.
Giroud has been Chelsea’s regular starter in the Europa League, while Sarri has often preferred Higuain in the Premier League, but ahead of this big final, who deserves to start?
Judging from Giroud’s performance in the semi-final to Eintracht Frankfurt both home and away, the 32-year-old was missing for most parts of the game. But you can’t underrate what he has achieved in the Europa League this season.
Giroud has scored 10 goals in the Europa League this season and has been one of Chelsea’s best players in this competition.
Giroud has had a direct contribution in a Chelsea goal every 79 minutes in the Europa League this season as he hasn’t only been scoring the goals but he’s been helping with assists.
Giroud is usually the man for the final as his side usually wins the competition whenever he features in the final – 3 FA Cup trophies with Arsenal, 1 with Chelsea and the World Cup with France.
Chelsea have had it very difficult against Arsenal in recent years, and Sarri will be hoping to name his best squad for this game.
While Giroud is more of a player known for his holdup play and aerial prowess, Higuain loves to be more involved in the buildup and is better on the ball compared to Giroud.
Chelsea have struggled to score goals this season under Maurizio Sarri despite dominating possession in majority of games played this season.
Sarri tried to correct Chelsea’s struggles in front of goal this season by signing Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus in January but the Argentine striker failed to live up to expectation at Stamford Bridge.
The 32 year old scored just five goals from 46 shots, giving him a pitiful conversion rate of 10.9 per cent.
Verdict: Giroud might just be the better option for this clash on Wednesday. He deserves to start after his exploits in the competition this season.