Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is looking forward to what he described as a special derby when they face Arsenal in the Europa League final.
The Blues laboured to secure a spot in the final as the game was settled via spot-kicks – 4-3 against Eintracht Frankfurt.
While Arsenal continued in winning fashion at the Mestalla Stadium thanks to Aubameyang’s hat-trick to secure a 7-3 win on aggregate over Valencia.
Only two players have scored 10 goals in the Europa League this season:
⚽ Luka Jovic
⚽ Olivier Giroud
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Giroud, who spent more than five seasons at the Emirates before moving to Chelsea in January 2018 added that there will be no room for sentiment on the pitch when the two London clubs clash in Baku.
He has since made two appearances against his former side but has failed to earn a start or a goal in either game.
The 32-year-old is hoping that it will be third-time lucky when the two sides meet in the final on May 29.
“It is true I receive a nice welcome when I play there. As a player you need to deal with these kinds of moments,” the French World Cup winner said via the Reuters.
“It will be special for me but I will put it to the side and forget who I play against.”
The former Montpeiller ace scored 105 goals for Arsenal in all competitions and has found the net 10 times in this season’s Europa League for Chelsea.
🏆 The 2019 #UELfinal is set! 🏆
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 9, 2019
“It was not my best game (against Frankfurt) but I always try and give everything to the team. I will work the same in training as usual to show the coach I am still ready,” he said.
Giroud, who is out of contract at the end of June, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and has admitted uncertainty about his future.