Why Olivier Giroud is a better striker than Aubameyang

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Although largely a back-up at Chelsea, Olivier Giroud has popped up with some important goals for the Blues.

According to former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent, who is also an Arsenal fan, Giroud turns up in big games more than Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“For whatever reason, Arsenal and Chelsea seem to do these crazy deals. Unfortunately, whenever we seem to let a player go from Arsenal to Chelsea they go and win the lot,” Bent told talkSPORT.

“When the players come the other way from Chelsea to Arsenal… terrible. A lot of them terrible.

“You look at Willian’s performances. He’s been awful. David Luiz has been all over the gaff.

“Giroud is probably the one that Arsenal fans would have gone ‘I wish he hadn’t gone to Chelsea’.

“If there was a choice of Chelsea or Spurs, because Spurs were in for him, I guarantee fans would have said ‘send him to Chelsea’. I’d rather him go to Chelsea than Spurs.

“When he left, he had seven goals that season in all competitions. You let Giroud go because Aubameyang was coming in.

“You look at Aubameyang at Dortmund and I don’t think there was a fan in the country that would disagree with that deal.

“Does he offer more than Aubameyang? Of course, he holds the ball up well and a focal point. He turns up in pretty much all the big games.

“Aubameyang quite clearly hasn’t. People will talk about the FA Cup final and semi-final, they are probably his two greatest games for Arsenal.

“In terms of them letting him go to Chelsea, I do think it was the right time. I know it’s hindsight now after what he’s done with World Cups and European trophies and what he did last night.

“I still don’t think the majority of Arsenal fans would say ‘we made a mistake letting him go’ because of what was coming in.”

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