Olivier Giroud has revealed the difference between Arsenal and Chelsea after the striker secured a January switch to the latter in an attempt to strengthen his hopes of making it into France’s World Cup squad.
Arsenal fell to a hugely damaging 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday as their top four hopes took a major blow.
Harry Kane was once again the difference for Spurs as he netted the only goal of the game, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette failing to get on the scoresheet.
Tottenham’s victory has seen the side remain in fifth-place after wins for Liverpool and Chelsea, but they now have a commanding seven-point lead over the Gunners. Arsene Wenger’s men must now climb a mountain in order to attain a top-four place, with Chelsea eight points clear.
Arsenal’s best chance of reaching the Champions League next year now seems to be by triumphing in the Europa League. The Gunners face a tricky two-legged game against Ostersunds, but they will have to face this test without Alexandre Lacazette after the forward underwent minor knee surgery.
The Frenchman’s injury presents a huge problem for Arsene Wenger as he already said goodbye to Olivier Giroud in order to seal a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Giroud left to join London rivals Chelsea, and the Frenchman has explained that the difference between his new and old club which revolves around finding it easier to play with the playmakers at Chelsea. The Express reported that he said : “It’s simple to have a good understanding with Hazard because he smells the game, he smells the football. We need to work on the relationship in training and then to do it in games. It’s easy for me, because the No10s play closer than those I might have played with in the past. It’s very important for our game”.
“We could have been more efficient, Eden and I. He could have assisted me and I could have scored, but hopefully in the next game. Anyway, I am happy for him to score two goals”.
Arsenal’s playmakers in Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan went missing in their loss to Tottenham, while Eden Hazard played a starring role against West Brom for Chelsea.