Mathieu Debuchy says he’s not worried for Olivier Giroud after his move to Chelsea, as he’s sure the striker will continue to score goals wherever he goes.

Debuchy and Giroud both completed moves to their new clubs on deadline day. The defender joined Saint Etienne on a free transfer, while the striker moved across London to Chelsea for £19m. Both have hopes of reigniting their club careers and pushing for a place in the World Cup squad this summer.

Reporters asked Debuchy what he thought about his fellow Frenchman leaving the Gunners as well.

“Olivier, he was a close friend,” the right-back responded (via L’Equipe). “There has been a lot of talk lately. I think he chose the right option. It is he who feels it like that, it is he who decides.

“He wanted to stay in the English league. 

“I do not worry too much about him. He is someone who always manages to score goals, and he does it very well.”

It’s true that Giroud has always stepped up to new challenges in his career so far. First he was playing in Ligue 2 with Tours, then he won the Ligue 1 title with Montpellier.

Then he moved to Arsenal and scored over 100 goals. He also won a starting place in the French national team and made it all the way to the European Championship final.

Now he’s moving to Chelsea, where he probably won’t be guaranteed a starting position. Just as it was at Arsenal, the Blues already have a new big money striker ahead of him in Alvaro Morata.

As long as he approaches that challenge in the same way he faced the rest, I’m sure he’ll do just fine.