The Arsenal fans were feeling nostalgic in the Trasnfer Tavern last night after watching Olivier Giroud’s performance in Chelsea blue against West Bromwich albion.
Arsene Wenger was widely considered to have orchestrated one of Arsenal’s most productive mid-season windows in recent times when he brought three new players to the club last month. Arsenal welcomed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the club in January, but they also allowed Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud to depart for rival Premier League clubs during the same period.
The latter’s departure was something of a necessary evil for Arsenal to complete the signing of Aubameyang, as Chelsea needed to replace Michy Batshuayi who moved on loan to Dortmund to replace the Emirates Stadium-bound Gabonese striker.
However, regardless of the circumstances, losing a player to a rival is never a desirable move to make, and the Arsenal supporters have shown signs of regret over the decision since watching Giroud in action for Chelsea last night.
Giroud (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) looked sharp last night at the spearhead of Chelsea’s attack during their 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Ablion in which he provided an assist for Eden Hazard’s opening goal, and the Arsenal supporters were looking on with envy due to the quality of the French internationals hold up play, movement and first-touch.
Aubameyang’s performances in the next few weeks might just force the Arsenal fans to forgot about their former hero, but until then Giroud’s presence will be sorely missed in North-London if the reaction on Twitter is anything to go by.
Here’s what the Arsenal fans had to say about Giroud following his performance for Chelsea last night…
Giroud’s movement is ridiculous. So underrated. Would still be #AFC’s best striker.
— Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) February 12, 2018
Deftist of touches
— Ian Nicolle (@Nicollers1975) February 12, 2018
As much as I hate Chelsea, I love seeing Giroud do well.
Once a gunner always a gunner #afc
— Yesswell (@Yesswell_) February 12, 2018
I also hate how so many failed to see the value of his play. That is how a big strong striker helps you…
— KLUless (@kluless) February 12, 2018
— Dan Lyons (@lyons_27) February 13, 2018
Giroud is an excellent player that I'm sad we had to sell. Utilise him right and he'll get you a fair amount of important goals.
— Lionheart (@BastardOfBexley) February 13, 2018
Why. Did. We. Sell. Giroud.
— taylor k (@taylorkane_) February 12, 2018
— Kirsty Stanley (@stanners_1982) February 12, 2018
— Hectic Bellerin (@Bellerins_Boots) February 12, 2018
— Taha (@itahasafdar) February 12, 2018