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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is well-placed to explain the difference in quality between Chelsea and Arsenal, having left Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018.
Giroud spent five and a half seasons at the Emirates Stadium before his switch to Stamford Bridge last year.
The 32-year-old has won the FA Cup and Europa League with the Blues, as well as helping the side reach last season’s Carabao Cup final.
Giroud believes Chelsea have been the best club in England over the past 10 years.
Giroud also compared Arsenal and Chelsea. According to the Frenchman, it’s difficult to fight for the title with Arsenal while Chelsea is a club with higher expectations.
Giroud told BBC: “With Arsenal it was difficult to fight for the title. We were always fighting for the Champions League places,” he said. “I won a few FA Cups and Community Shields. When you can’t win the league, winning the FA Cup is quite nice, so I’ve got amazing memories.
“Chelsea is a club where you have maybe more expectations, higher expectations. They were winning more titles these past 10 years and obviously Arsenal wants to come back to the ‘Invincibles’ days, but it’s not easy.
“I’m not going to say we are doing things better at Chelsea. We just try to be as competitive as we can, to step up and win more trophies.”
When asked if it could be a mentality issue, Giroud replied: “Maybe.
“In football, for me, it’s two-thirds of the quality you need to have. I’ve seen so many talented players – but without mental strength they can’t step up and get out of their comfort zone. Mental strength is massive in football and sport in general.”
Giroud added: “It was amazing to sign for a club like Chelsea. It was like an improvement for me because – OK, it’s Manchester City now – but Chelsea have been the best club in England over the past 10 years.”