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Analysis – Five things learned from Malmo 1-2 Chelsea

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Olivier Giroud for the Europa League

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on January 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Sometimes its hard to work out Olivier Giroud. On his day he can be a world-class centre forward and a menace. On another day, he can be quite the opposite.

Like at Arsenal, the Frenchman has never really been given his chance to shine for Chelsea. The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain means he is unlikely to get that opportunity in future.

While goals have been hard to come by for him in other competitions this year, the Europa League has been a haven.

His strike against Malmo was his sixth in five games in the competition this season. He’s the joint top second scorer in the competition and just a goal shy of leading scorer Manus Dabbur.

In contrast, he’s managed just one Premier League goal 19 games this season. With that kind of record, it looks like the Europa League will be his best hope of regular game time between now and the end of the season.