Former Arsenal star tells Giroud to leave Chelsea

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Olivier Giroud ended last season as Chelsea’s number one striker, only to start this season as the third choice striker.

Giroud’s agent recently hit out at Frank Lampard for not playing him, and his national team boss Didier Deschamps has warned that he needs to be playing games to make his squad for Euro 2021.

Former Arsenal star Gael Clichy, who was teammates with Giroud, has hailed the Frenchman to be a proven scorer and has urged him to leave Chelsea.

Speaking to Stadium Astro, Clichy said: “It’s been a few months, a few years, that we hear the same speech around Giroud, that he is not needed, he is not good enough, if he doesn’t play enough he will not get into the national team.

“And all those questions, all those question marks, have been solved and resolved by Giroud himself.

“Give him time and he will actually score goals. And when I say give him time, I’m not asking to give him 10 games in a row to get his first goal. Give him 20 minutes here, half-an-hour there, 40 minutes here, cup game, Champions League game, and he will score goals.

“And he will show people that that kind of profile in the team, within the group, is essential.

“You want players that can create something, but you also want players that can hold the ball and score goals.

“If you look at where he is in terms of goalscoring for France, I will not name all the names, but he’s second and seven goals behind [topscorer] Thierry Henry.

“And this for me is enough. That is the answer to everybody telling me that he shouldn’t be there.

“So obviously if the manager of the national team is saying that he needs game time to go to the Euros, well if you look at that direction, you need to go and you need to find a place where you will play.

“But again, we’ve heard that many times in his career, many times, he’s always been there and scored goals, and he’s always kind of put people straight in terms of what he’s doing on the football pitch, or in this club, or in the national team. For me that’s a great example of attitude and commitment.”

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