A frustrated Olivier Giroud admits life on the bench at Chelsea hasn’t been easy amid ongoing speculation linking Gonzalo Higuain with the club
Reports suggest that Higuain is close to arriving at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea close to reaching an agreement with Juventus for a transfer this month.
Manager Maurizio Sarri has decided to go all-out for his former Napoli star after being left unconvinced by forwards Giroud and Alvaro Morata, who has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.
Now Giroud, who has only started six times in his 17 Premier League appearances this season, has discussed his less than ideal situation at Chelsea.
“It’s not me who decides the team, making the starting XI, but obviously every single player wants to play every single game,” Giroud told ESPN.
“As a competitor obviously I can’t be happy to stay on the bench, but I keep that frustration with me and try to transform it to positive energy to work hard in training.
“It’s true that every time I play from the start I try to bring something to the team, to play my part.
“But in these 14 games I started maybe only half of them, so it’s a bit difficult to be consistent in this case. You need to play a few games in a row to be competitive, so that’s what’s a bit difficult in this last month.”
The France international joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal last year and ended the campaign with five goals in 18 games and a fourth FA Cup winners medal.
“The first six months [at Chelsea] were very good for me,” added Giroud.
“I needed to leave Arsenal because of the fact that Arsene Wenger wanted to play with a different kind of striker. My time was over in Arsenal and I was really pleased to sign in a big club like Chelsea.
“I settled really well – it’s like I was part of this Chelsea team for a long time. I felt very good, with a good understanding with the players.
“We won the FA Cup and I played a few games, and then I had the opportunity to go to the World Cup. It was very good for me.
“Then after, when I came back late from the World Cup, it was a bit different because the new manager came and you have to start again, prove to him that you are ready to play in this team.
“It has been a little bit difficult for me to be honest, this last month, but I will keep fighting to play in this team.”
Giroud will travel to the Emirates Stadium this Saturday to take on old club Arsenal in the Premier League.