Arsenal sent a tribute message to Olivier Giroud after France beat Croatia to win the World Cup. Didier Deschamps’ side sealed a 4-2 victory in Sunday’s final to win the tournament for the second time in their history.
Giroud, who joined Chelsea in the January transfer window, failed to score a goal for France in Russia and didn’t even register a shot on target during the tournament.
But Deschamps kept faith in the 31-year-old to spearhead France’s attack as his hold-up play and work off the ball enabled Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe to flourish. Giroud spent nearly six years at Arsenal and still remains well-regarded by the club and the majority of their supporters.
From Grenoble to Istres From Tours to Montpellier From Arsenal to a regular for #FRA And now… a #WorldCup winner! What a journey you’ve had, Olivier – we’re all so pleased for you 😄 pic.twitter.com/YJYI3dNvS3 — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 15, 2018
And after France secured their victory over Croatia, Giroud’s former club paid him a special tribute on Twitter.
In their post, Arsenal detailed Giroud’s journey from starting out with Grenoble’s reserve team, who were playing in the fifth tier of French football, to ending up in a World Cup final for his national side.
But Arsenal missed out a key detail as they failed to reference the striker’s move to Chelsea earlier this year. Arsenal’s post on Twitter read: ‘From Arsenal to a regular for #FRA. And now… a #WorldCup winner! What a journey you’ve had, Olivier – we’re all so pleased for you.’