{
    "title": "Giroud eyes Chelsea chance after debut",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Olivier-Giroud-180212-LooksOn-G-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>Olivier Giroud is focused on nailing down a first-team place at Chelsea after a dramatic full debut against West Brom, during which he was forced to have five stitches for a head wound.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nThe France striker, who moved from Arsenal for \u00a318 million last month, impressed during Monday's 3-0 win against West Brom at Stamford Bridge, where he created the first of Eden Hazard's two goals before being substituted in the second half.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nHe had been struggling with a calf injury, having already had five stitches for a cut when taking studs to the head, but his manager Antonio Conte expects him to be fit for Friday's FA Cup fifth-round fixture with Hull.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\"It's been a while since I played regularly and that's why I needed to move,\" said Giroud, who was replaced by Chelsea's summer signing Alvaro Morata. \"I needed a new challenge and Chelsea was the perfect club for me.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\"It's the Premier League, a club which has won more titles in the past 10 years than any other. It's a massive club and I am very proud to be here and to carry on my career.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\"I feel very good. It's been maybe two months since I started a game so I felt good. I worked hard in training to be physically ready and to do what the coach asked me to do tactically. There is still room for improvement but I take a lot of pleasure from (my performance) and I'm happy to set the first goal for Eden.\"\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nThe 31-year-old said he was focused on Chelsea after \"five amazing years\" at Arsenal.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\n\"I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on, but the calf was very painful and I couldn't play the whole game,\" he added.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Olivier Giroud is focused on nailing down a first-team place at Chelsea after a dramatic full debut against West Brom, during which he was forced to have five stitches for a head wound.",
    "date": "2018-02-13T18:24:54",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "AFP",
    "img_credit": "Olivier Giroud \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "Premier League",
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}