Olivier Giroud splits opinion among supporters, and after a less than stellar performance for France, manager Didier Deschamps has spoken out about his performance, as reported by ESPN.
Giroud has had to absorb a huge amount of negativity from Arsenal fans recently, with Arsene Wenger’s failure to sign a striker in the transfer window only serving to intensify the criticism.
The 28-year-old is now also having to deal with jeers from his international fans, and was booed in France’s 2-1 win over Serbia.
Deschamps insisted that Giroud was somewhat unlucky, but also suggested he needs to be more clinical.
“It’s a collective effort and he contributed too,” Deschamps said, as quoted by ESPN.
“He was unlucky as well because the keeper made a superb save. He had three chances with one shot off target and a header that went wide.
“Obviously if he was more efficient we would have been a lot further ahead but he put in a lot of effort.
“Olivier knows it — he’s the first to be sad about not being able to be effective but it happens.
“When it’s not Olivier, sometimes it could be Karim. But the collective effort was of very high quality.”
Despite missing one or two good chances – as well as seeing one effort kept out by a superb save – Giroud’s blushes were saved by a brace from PSG’s Blaise Matuidi.
The Arsenal star believes that he is more than capable of bouncing back though, and claims he has the mental strength to battle through.
“When you play as a striker you’re applauded when you score goals and when the opposite happens, people are unhappy,” Giroud said.
“It won’t be the last time but I’ve already shown that I have the mental strength to come through it each time. I’m going to take refuge in my work and I’ll bounce back — I’m not worried.”
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Fans have been getting on Giroud’s back for a while, despite decent goalscoring returns. He may not be the world class striker we need, but he’s the one we have, and we should get behind him for the season ahead.