Former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has reached out to his former teammate Oliver Giroud to tell him that he was an “incredible player to play with”.
Giroud spent five-and-a-half years at the Gunners. They paid a fee of around £10m to sign him from Montpellier.
The Frenchman was underrated during his time at Arsenal. He scored 105 times from his 253 outings for the North Londoners.
During his time at the club, he won the FA Cup on three separate occasions between 2013 and 2017. He joined their London rivals, Chelsea, during the winter transfer window in 2018.
After a successful couple of years at Stamford Bridge, he signed for AC Milan on a free transfer this summer. He has two goals from his three Serie A outings so far this season.
“Incredible player to play with, he made my job easy,” said Walcott.
Giroud responded by saying: “I felt that we had such good times together at Arsenal. I wish we could win the league, that’s my only regret from the Premier League, with Arsenal and Chelsea.
“I really enjoyed playing with him. He is such a top football player and also a great man.
“I think I play football for people to remember me as a good player, but also as a good person. And it’s amazing to meet these kind of people.”
“At the moment I am doing my coaching badges and the club is helping me with them and I am helping some of the Academy kids out as well.
“It is certainly something I enjoy and maybe something to look at in the future but for now I still want to play.
“I feel like I still have a lot to give and something to prove which is why I don’t want to finish playing now and start a coaching career just yet.
“It’s nice to be back seeing some old faces who I spent a lot of my life with.
“Fitness-wise I am getting there and it’s great to be back training with good players and the quality is only going to be beneficial for me moving forward.
“I’m there [at Arsenal] until January and there’s no news on any clubs but hopefully something will come up then.”