Olivier Giroud full of praise for Serge Gnabry after ex-Arsenal teammate destroys Chelsea

Bayern Munich attacker Serge Gnabry
The German attacker left Arsenal in 2016 and has thrived ever since (Picture: Getty)

Olivier Giroud had mixed emotions after Chelsea were put to the sword by Bayern Munich and Serge Gnabry on Tuesday night, admitting he was pleased to see his old Arsenal teammate doing so well.

The German attacker – who left north London in 2016, spending a year at Werder Bremen before joining Bayern – scored two fantastic goals as the Bundesliga champions secured a 3-0 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

Giroud was full of praise for man-of-the-match Gnabry afterwards and, reflecting on his departure from Arsenal, says he was not ‘mature enough’ to make it with the Gunners at the time.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud
Bayern take a heavy lead back to Germany but Giroud still holds hope of a comeback (Getty)

‘I played with him at Arsenal. At 16, he was not mature enough but obviously at 16 nobody is,’ Giroud told reporters after the game.

‘But the way he improved is amazing and he is doing so well since the last two or three years now.

‘I’m happy for him because he deserves it and he’s a good guy who has worked a lot.

‘He’s been very good tonight also, so it’s good for him and we need to bounce back on Saturday.

‘It’s very disappointing today, but I understand sometimes you try but they were too good for us.’

On Chelsea’s chances of turning the tie around in the second leg at the Allianz Arena, Giroud continued: ‘It’s going to be almost impossible but we need to go there with belief and to believe that we are going to score.

‘You never know, you know. They scored three goals here and if we score three and don’t concede, you know. I’m not joking. We have nothing to lose and we’re going to play our game with more.’

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