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Arsenal alumni update: Olivier Giroud starts for Chelsea

It was very odd seeing Giroud in blue.

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Olivier Giroud was given his first start for Chelsea this weekend, versus West Brom. It was very odd to see the suave Frenchman wearing blue and sharing the pitch with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.

Also strange was the conflicting emotions. On one hand, Giroud was a class act for Arsenal and it would be great to see him excel on the pitch. However, if that means he’s helping Chelsea, then I’d rather see him struggle.

I noticed that Giroud was trending on Twitter so I decided to see what fans had to say about the former Gunner. As it turns out, opinions were all over the place.

Many Chelsea fans were singing the praises of their new striker:

Others were not so enamored with Giroud despite watching the same match:

Of course there were many Arsenal fans showing support for their former player:

It shouldn’t be a surprise that there were plenty of moaning Arsenal fans who were not feeling nostalgic for the Frenchman:

Overall, Giroud had an eventful day. He assisted on Eden Hazard’s first goal, attempted another scorpion kick, had to have his head bandaged up and received an ovation when he was taken off in the 61st minute.

This was, of course, only one game, and time will tell how things work out for Giroud at Chelsea. One thing’s for sure though, is he will always look better in red than blue.