Olivier Giroud explains how Chelsea suits him better than Arsenal

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Chelsea new-boy Olivier Giroud has explained how playing in Antonio Conte’s system suits his game better than teams he’s played with in the past.

The France international striker joined Chelsea from rivals Arsenal in a surprise move this January, and has made a promising start with an assist to help Chelsea back to winning ways against West Brom on his home debut.

While Giroud hasn’t always won over everybody during his time in the Premier League, he linked up well with Chelsea’s other attackers against West Brom, and he’s explained why that front three system suits him well.

A typical target man, the 31-year-old has a great touch in tight areas and has the skill and intelligence required to quickly pick out players near him in and around the box.

Giroud displayed that in the 3-0 win over the Baggies, and he’s given his response to his first experience of starting a game alongside Eden Hazard and co.

Giroud Hazard celebrate Chelsea goal vs West Brom
Olivier Giroud linked up well with Eden Hazard on his Chelsea debut

‘Everything was not perfect because it was the first game. I’m happy but there is still room for improvement. I was very happy to set up the goal for Eden,’ Giroud is quoted by the Metro.

‘It’s simple to have a good understanding with him because he smells the game, he smells football. With him, Pedro, Willian or whoever plays as the number 10, we always try to have a good understanding.

‘It’s easy for me because the two number 10s play closer (to me) than I’ve played in the past, and that’s very important for our game.’

Giroud often looked an isolated figure up front for Arsenal, with the team usually lining up in a 4-2-3-1 in recent years, while at Chelsea Conte tends to use a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, meaning the central striker always has close support up front.

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