Chelsea's Olivier Giroud thanks Arsene Wenger for Premier League chance
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud thanked former boss Arsene Wenger, telling SFR Sport he believes his fellow Frenchman will stay in the game after leaving Arsenal this summer.
Giroud, who scored in Chelsea's 1-0 victory against Liverpool, left Arsenal in January having fallen behind Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived from Borussia Dortmund, but he remains thankful to Wenger for signing him from Montpellier in 2012.
"Everyone knows how much I owe him for having given me the opportunity to fulfil my childhood dream," Giroud said. "It wasn't all easy, but he was always there and he has always supported me. At the end, we were a bit disappointed to be leaving one another, but it was just the way life wants it to be.
"It's bizarre to not see him at Arsenal anymore, but I think he'll go somewhere else, because he wants to continue. I have a lot of respect for what he has contributed to Arsenal, and he's going to leave a huge void behind him. It's the end of an era."
Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman