Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud sounds warning to Arsenal ahead of FA Cup final
Olivier Giroud is determined to upset former club Arsenal by getting hands on the FA Cup again with Chelsea.
Giroud set Chelsea on their way to next month’s final against the Gunners when he opened the scoring in Sunday’s last-four clash against Manchester United.
Mason Mount doubled Chelsea’s lead before Harry Maguire scored an own goal to complete the rout, with Bruno Fernandes netting a late consolation for United from the penalty spot.
It set up a mouthwatering showdown against Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal on August 1, after Mikel Arteta’s side beat Manchester City in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Giroud spent six years with the Gunners and helped fire them to three FA Cup triumphs.
But there will be no room for sentiment as he targets a fifth personal victory in the Wembley final, having also won the famous trophy with Chelsea two seasons ago.
“I said to the boys I would love to win another one, it would be my fifth FA Cup and we are in another final,” he said.
“A big game against Arsenal which will be so special for me personally. We played very well and we want to finish in the top three in the Premier League now.
“We played three at the back, it’s been a while since we did but we started very well. We had them under pressure and they didn’t create much. We dominated the game.”
Giroud’s teammate Mason Mount scored his first goal since before the lockdown as under-pressure United keeper David de Gea failed to deal with his shot from outside the box.
Mount admitted it was fortunate for his side, but said Chelsea were good value for the win.
“I tried to get it on target, anything can happen. It was maybe a bit fortunate to see it go in, it gave us room to express ourselves a bit more.
“I always want to score goals and create assists – it hasn’t happened for a while but you’re always looking to affect the game in different areas.”
He added: “You always want to turn up in big games and I thought we did that today. We came in with extra motivation and it will be a massive final for us – we want to win trophies.”