Earlier this week, we covered an interview with Olivier Giroud, who talked about his relationship with Frank Lampard following his near exit in January.
He eventually stayed, showing his worth to his club once more, which has been a recurring part of his career, always being pushed to one side before coming back with a bang when called upon.
It’s what happened at Arsenal, and it’s happened again at Chelsea, but one of his former managers, Arsène Wenger, the one who brought him from France to the Emirates, believes this is what makes him such a special player.
The striker recently picked up his 100th cap for the national team, repaying Didier Deschamps’ faith with two goals that helped him overtake Michel Platini on the scoring charts in the process.
For Wenger, Giroud should be a source of inspiration to many.
He told Le Parisien in an interview about his autobiography: “Giroud was rejected by the system. He played in Grenoble, led by a manager who didn’t believe in him, and he finished with 100 caps. His life is truly amazing. His mental strength… a lesson. A manager should always be open-minded and not condemn people”.
That’s what Frank Lampard did after Giroud remained at Stamford Bridge, giving the now 34-year-old a chance, which the player grasped with both hands.
Things have been a bit tougher for the Frenchman this season around, but no one should be writing him off just yet, as we all know what he’s capable of doing when he’s got something to prove.