Olivier Giroud said he didn’t have to think twice about leaving Arsenal for London rivals Chelsea in January, calling the decision ‘easy’.
After all, they are the best team in the country, according to the striker.
Speaking to The Sun, the 31-year-old said: “I am at the best club in England in recent years because Chelsea have won more trophies than anyone else.”
Since Roman Abramovich became owner of the club in 2003, the Blues have won the Premier League five times, the FA Cup on four occasions, while they have also triumphed in both the Europa League and the Champions League.
However, this season they have mounted a miserable defence of their Premier League crown, but Giroud believes they will bounce back.
“Chelsea are a massive club and we want to challenge for the title every single year,” he said.
“Obviously the competition has been the toughest this year — with Man City, Liverpool doing well, Man United, even Arsenal.
“That’s why I love the Premier League, it’s the best championship, it is very hard.
“I am a competitor so hopefully next year we will compete for it.”
Giroud forced an £18million move away from Arsenal during the winter transfer window when it became clear opportunities at the Emirates were going to be increasingly limited.
And despite acting as back-up to Alvaro Morata in west London, he scored his first Premier League goals for the club in the Blues’ brilliant fight back against Southampton where they were trailing 2-0.
Report: Southampton 2 Chelsea 3
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to inspire a stunning Chelsea turnaround, scoring his first Premier League goals for the club as they fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton.
Chelsea looked destined to suffer a sixth defeat from nine league outings when Jan Bednarek put Saints 2-0 up after an hour, but Antonio Conte’s decision to throw Giroud on from the bench proved a masterstroke.
Despite appearing to be in the ascendancy early on, Chelsea’s lack of craft meant Southampton were comfortable, and that encouragement ultimately led to the home side breaking the deadlock.
Ryan Bertrand did well down the left before setting up Dusan Tadic for a straightforward fourth goal of the season.
Chelsea were not much better immediately after the restart and, after failing to heed a warning courtesy of Shane Long, the Saints’ lead was doubled thanks to a fine finish from Bednarek, who was making his first start for the club.
It was only after Giroud’s introduction in the 61st minute that Chelsea took charge, as the France international scored twice either side of an emphatic Eden Hazard finish to wrap up an unlikely victory to leave Southampton in the bottom three.