Many Arsenal fans were left missing the contribution of Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium after watching him in action for France at the World Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The 31-year-old Chelsea striker started their last 16 match against Argentina and while he didn’t find the back of the net, his assist for Kylian Mbappe helped put the game beyond doubt for the French in an eventual 4-3 victory.
Giroud has been an effective presence for his country throughout the tournament, becoming a key outlet for their attacking play and helping more dynamic players impact the game around him.
He was sold to Chelsea in January after failing to hold down at regular place at the Gunners, netting five times in half a season for the Blues.
Now some fans regret that decision, feeling that he’ll always be an Arsenal player in their minds after five-and-a-half seasons at the club.
These Arsenal supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts after his Saturday performance…
— WENDY ARSENAL #FBPE (@mrsgooner1) June 30, 2018
— Lee (@lee17mason) June 30, 2018
Hearing the commentator say “The Chelsea Player” for Giroud still hurts 😭😭💔 #AFC
— Don Lacavelli (@akashmaroof) June 30, 2018
I'm with you guys. Giroud feels like an Arsenal player. Never wanted the club to sell him. Strange that he is at Chelsea.
— ARSENAL (@Arsenthusiast) July 1, 2018
Happy for Olivier Giroud & hope France win the World Cup with an assist or a goal from him & the majority of Arsenal fans were too ignorant too appreciate him
— Tony Stock (@ts100uk) June 30, 2018
— Blake Sampson (@bsamp92) June 30, 2018
I've also always liked Giroud, I don't know what Arsenal were thinking when they sold him to Chelsea
— Josh Hough (@joshua_hough) June 30, 2018
What Giroud showed in this game is the reason why I will always stand by him. He wasn’t used right at Arsenal ❤️❤️ Key player
— Pauloooo (@goonerfan1994) June 30, 2018
Giroud is still with Arsenal in my heart
— die mannschaft stan (@kelechi_ai) June 30, 2018