February 25, 2018

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Giroud relishes Champions League action with Chelsea

02 February 2018

Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Blues old boy Nathan Ake gave Bournemouth a shock win and moved Eddie Howe's into the top-half.

The defeat was their first in nine league games and dropped the champions to fourth place on goal difference behind Liverpool.

We've now beaten the reigning @premierleague champions in each of our three top flight seasons... It will not be easy. "There is nothing above it when you're playing for a club", said the French global, who made six of his 10 starts for Arsenal this season in the Europa League. We must be prepared to fight and ready to do this.

Howe admitted, however, that even he was surprised by the margin of victory, adding: "We prepared knowing how good Chelsea are, but started strongly in the opening 25 minutes, then scored three great goals".

"We have to accept it's a bad result and understand that we have to fight this season, if someone didn't understand this they don't understand football".

And, unlike Dzeko, Giroud would be eligible to play in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, giving Conte back-up both before, after and during the matches against Barcelona. I hope to be able to solve his situation. But my task is to try to be more realistic and try to transfer this to the players, because the players, if they know and understand the danger. I am relaxed about this because I know I am doing a great job. Otherwise we have a normal season.

It strikes me that this is a very similar situation to what happened to Batshuayi's Belgian worldwide teammate, Romelu Lukaku at the Stamford Bridge club.

Bournemouth were arguably the better team in a goalless first half and they quickly took control of the game in the second period, thanks largely to forward Wilson.

The defending Premier League champions signed the France worldwide in a reported £21m deal from their bitter rivals Arsenal transfer deadline day.

He said: "My ambition is to win some trophies".

Bournemouth have been much better in recent weeks and they are looking like a side that will finish in mid-table at the end of the season. There was no luck connected, it was a very strong performance.

"I felt like he really wanted me and he really wanted to work with me".