Olivier Giroud claims he’s tired of having to fight against his critics all the time, and believes his statistics speak for themselves, as reported by Sky Sports.
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The Arsenal forward has endured a huge amount of criticism throughout his career, and arguably far more so since he came to Arsenal. A lot of the flak he receives is perhaps a little harsh, with frustration from other areas bubbling over and being redirected Giroud’s way.
After scoring the opening goal of the Euro 2016 Championships during France’s 2-1 win over Romania however, the French forward suggests that he’s shown up his critics.
“My statistics speak for themselves,” he said.
“Several people have told me that I play better through adversity, but I don’t always want to have to be fighting against the mudslingers.
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“I had a lot of pressure on me and there was a lot of expectation. But I’m continuing my run of form and that’s good for me.”
It’s really not fair that Giroud consistently has to put up with the criticism from fans of both club and country, and he’s right that it needs to stop. He certainly isn’t the best striker in the world, but he’s a lot better than many give him credit for and he regularly plays a large part for both France and Arsenal.
One thing he has been criticised for in the past is his attitude after a disappointing miss, with the players frustration far too visible and often impacting his game. He insists that he’s working hard to remedy this though, and keep his disappointment on the inside.
“I’m still really annoyed with myself when I miss chances, but the difference is that I try to show it less to other people and I’ve really worked on that,” he continued.
“It’s important not to show your disappointment too much, because as a striker you need to concentrate quickly again.
“You need to be in the right frame of mind to take the next chance, because it can come just one minute later.”
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Leading the line for the hosts this summer, Giroud is likely to play a huge part in any success France are hoping to have. As one of the favourites for the tournament, it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Giroud to end up as top scorer. He’s in excellent form at the moment, and if that continues France have an excellent chance of going far.