Arsenal have been celebrating for a while that they no longer have Didier Drogba to deal with. Of course, if Drogba was still around, they would be going into this FA Cup final terrified. We all know how he dealt with them like he was on a personal revenge mission over something – there’s a John Wick reference in here somewhere. However, if they think they no longer have to worry about a Chelsea striker terrorising them, they have another thing coming. There’s a familiar guy they should really be worried about, Mr FA Cup himself.
You might say “oh come on, it’s just Giroud”. In fact, many Arsenal fans would happily tell you that they don’t rate him and he is an average player. There are others within that fanbase who still appreciate him even though they might not be scared of him. Of course, Giroud is not quite Drogba but make no mistake, he should still be feared. Here is why we think you should worry about him if you are an Arsenal fan.
Olivier Giroud has been directly involved in 24 goals in 30 FA Cup appearances (16 goals, 8 assists). He has had a hand in three goals in four finals (1 goal, 2 assists), with both assists setting up the winners in the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals. He could also become the second player to score for and against one club in separate FA Cup finals. Add to that, Giroud has won 4 FA Cup finals out of four and is aiming for his fifth trophy.
“Olivier’s always been fantastic, listening to information and being a leader and a person to coach. Credit to him for his recent form,” says Lampard.
Speaking of form, Giroud has scored in 6 of his last 7 games, including the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
Arsenal fans would also vividly remember what he did to them in the last final in which they faced him, the horror night in Baku. On that day, in the Europa League final, Giroud had a goal and assist as Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 4-1.
For Chelsea fans, the 33-year-old will be a key player if the Blues are to put smiles on their faces later today; by putting a stop to that poor FA Cup run against the Gunners. According to this fan, The Alchemist aka Fontaine, Giroud is that guy.
“I expect a fairly even contest with the trophy going to whoever takes their chances best, ” he said. “That automatically makes Giroud key to Chelsea’s chances, seeing as he’s our best finisher and most in-form attacker.”
As Fontaine concluded, even though “Giroud has shown that even if he’s not an ‘A-Lister’, as far as strikers are concerned, he’s able to come in clutch at the business end of the season and support the team. Overall, despite not scoring loads, he delivered practically every time he was called upon, “ .