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The striker arrived with a proven pedigree at the highest level having scored goals regularly in the Premier League, in Europe and on the international stage for France.

A strong, physical forward, Giroud is lethal in the air and clinical with his feet in and around the penalty area. He played an important role in our recent successes in the FA Cup (2018) and the Europa League (2019), scoring against his former club in the final of the latter competition in Baku.

Giroud began his career with Grenoble and, after moving up through the ranks, eventually made his first-team debut for the French club in 2006.

A loan spell at Istres followed before he joined Ligue 2 club Tours on a permanent basis. So impressive were his displays for Tours, Giroud then moved to Montpellier, in the French top flight, in July 2010.

The striker made a goalscoring debut for Montpellier and enjoyed a solid first season with the club, scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw at PSG, as well as netting the winner against the same opposition in a League Cup semi-final.

His second campaign at the club really could not have gone any better, with the forward netting hat-tricks in matches against Dijon and Sochaux as well as the winning goals against Lyon, Nice and St-Etienne as Montpellier won the French title for the first time in their history. He ended the campaign with 21 league goals.

After signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2012, Giroud quickly adapted to the demands of English football. He ended the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons by playing in victorious FA Cup finals and in the second of those – a 4-0 win over Aston Villa – it was Giroud who completed the scoring.

Having made his Chelsea debut in an away game at Watford, Giroud impressed on his first start at home to West Bromwich Albion and scored his maiden goal for the club in our following game, a 4-0 FA Cup win over Hull City.

Giroud had to wait a while for his first league goals in Chelsea blue, but when they arrived they swung an away game at Southampton decisively in our favour as we fought back from 2-0 down. He scored another goal against the same opposition at Wembley a week later, setting us on our way to victory in the FA Cup semi-final with a slalom individual goal.

He headed a fine winning goal against Liverpool in May and finished the season as first-choice striker, working hard in our FA Cup final win over Man United which earned him a fourth winners’ medal in the competition.

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