Olivier Giroud claims he understands why Arsene Wenger dropped him from the team, but is confident he will soon find his goalscoring form once again, as reported by The Evening Standard.
The French forward has found his starting spot under threat from Danny Welbeck recently, with the former Manchester United man in fine form since his return from injury. The team as a whole have found goals hard to come by, but Welbeck’s return has coincided in a slight upturn.
Giroud understands that he needs to improve if he wants to win his spot back, and insists he isn’t worried about being usurped long-term.
“When the coach calls on me, I try to be efficient, it’s good for the confidence,” he said (via The Evening Standard).
“Since early 2016, I scored 5 goals for my club. The coach thinks this is not enough and it cost me my place, but I already knew that and I worked. It does not make me worry, it [more goals] will come.”
The 29-year-old gets a huge amount of criticism from his own fans, and a lot of it is pretty undeserved. One of his main problems is that he is a very streaky and confidence based striker, with goals coming in gluts and disappearing in droughts. Hopefully he enters into a patch of form before the end of the season, and gives us a boost in our unlikely title push.
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He had a great game for France and scored a fantastic volley during the international break, so hopefully that will give him a real injection of confidence.
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We badly need every one our forwards firing on all cylinders if we’re to have any chance of dethroning Leicester, and even then it would be truly tall order.