Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he’s surprised by Frank Lampard’s treatment of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud this season and says he should be ahead of Michy Batshuayi in the pecking order.
The Frenchman wanted to leave the club in January after making just two league starts under Lampard but Chelsea refused to sell to rivals Tottenham.
Giroud is desperate to make France’s Euro 2020 squad and injury to Tammy Abraham provided him a much-needed opportunity to start for the Blues.
However, Lampard opted for Batshuayi ahead of Giroud for Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester United earlier this month.
Giroud was then given the nod ahead Tottenham on Saturday and repaid Lampard for his decision by opening the scoring but Wenger admits he cannot understand why it’s taken the Englishman so long to call on the forward.
‘Honestly I felt he was hard done by because he was behind Batshuayi – I feel that was quite surprising,’ Wenger told BeIN Sports.
”He’s a guy that has a lot of quality, he uses his body well, he is intelligent, he brings players in and when you don’t pass on the ground you can play in the air.
‘With the second ball you always have a chance with him because no defender can head clearly out with him. I stood sometimes behind him in training – and I am quite tall – i couldn’t see the ball.
‘He is so massive, so strong and he uses as well his body.’
Giroud kept his place in Chelsea’s starting line-up for the visit of Bayern Munich.
The Blues are underdogs to progress against the Bundesliga giants, who they’re playing for the first time in a competitive fixture since their 2012 Champions League final win in Munich.
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