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Friday Facts: Olivier Giroud

02/02/2018

Chelsea signed French international striker Olivier Giroud on transfer deadline day!

True Blues will know the new number 18 well from his time with local rivals Arsenal, but are there some facts that you haven't heard?

In this week's Friday facts, we unearth some of the most interesting things about Olivier Giroud!

1. Before moving to Arsenal, Giroud led the line at French side Montpellier. In his final season with the Ligue 1 team, Giroud was involved in 30 of their 68 league goals, scoring 21 and assisting nine!

2. His impressive scoring record won Giroud not only the League 1 Golden Boot, but also the Ligue 1 trophy, as Montpellier were crowned champions!

3. Giroud made his way up the leagues in French football before winning the trophy. In 2007/08, he was scoring 14 goals for Istres in the Championnat National (the French version of League One). Four seasons later, he was lifting the Ligue 1 trophy!

4. Giroud also bangs in the goals for his national team. The tall striker scored three goals and assisted two at Euro 2016, winning the Bronze Boot award! France lost in the final to Portugal, but Giroud still had a great tournament.

5. Last season, Giroud was statistically the best striker in Europe... But what does that mean? Well, the striker had the best goal/assist per minute ratio of anyone in Europe's top leagues! The Frenchman scored a goal or set up a teammate, on average, every 49 minutes of football he played!

After reading those incredible stats, what Chelsea fan wouldn't be excited to see Giroud walk out in a Chelsea shirt?!

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