The 32-year-old Frenchman grabbed a brilliant hat-trick in the Ukraine in a 5-0 humbling of Dinamo Kiev on Thursday to send Chelsea through to the last eight of the Europa League, and then declared that he is one of the fittest players at the club – and wants to play every game.

Olivier Giroud has only played 56 minutes of Premier League football this season, as Sarri has preferred to use the now departed Alvaro Morata, on loan Gonzalo Higuain – and even Eden Hazard as a ‘false’ nine, ahead of the former Arsenal man.

But Giroud, when he has had his chance, has taken it in style. The hat-trick in Kiev meant that he had scored nine goals in nine Europa League games – and he has one goal in the league after coming on as a sub at Tottenham.

A tally of ten goals then, which makes the centre forward the club’s second highest scorer this season, behind only Eden Hazard.

But the Frenchman has warned he is unhappy with life on the bench suggesting he will look to leave the club in the summer - despite the transfer embargo on Chelsea meaning they won't be able to sign another forward.

The French international said: “No chance I will settle for being a substitute.

“I’m a competitor. I have been through a lot of tough moments in my career. I want to enjoy playing my football after winning the World Cup last summer.

“I want to take maximum pleasure on the pitch. That’s why when I play I try to enjoy the game as much as I can. I am a competitor. I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch.