Olivier Giroud has apparently been told by Arsenal coaches that he needs to be more like Diego Costa, as reported by the Daily Mail.
There aren’t likely to be a huge number of Arsenal fans who are particularly keen on the Chelsea summer signing, it’s difficult to deny he is a player of quality though.
It’s not the Brazilian born Spaniard’s goalscoring that the coaches want Giroud to replicate however, it’s his “killer attitude”.
The Frenchman admits that Costa is a good role model in certain aspects, and claims he has worked on controlling his emotions on the field more.
“When I do this (he puts his head in his hands) after a missed chances, the coaches get a bit annoyed,” he said.
“They want me to have a ‘killer’ attitude, almost insensitive. Diego Costa shows no emotion. I am more emotional. I have therefore learned to control my emotions. I try to be less demonstrative.”
Costa is not totally without emotion, and he often loses his cool with his opponents. It’s not a trait I would like to see in Giroud, so I hope he doesn’t emulate the Blues striker too closely. Our man is thankfully not the kind of player to stamp on anyone intentionally, and we certainly don’t want to see that kind of behaviour manifesting in him either.
- [Player ratings] Arsenal 1-2 Wolves – Auba flops and pressure on Arteta
- [Team news] Arsenal line up vs Wolves – Arteta’s dilemma with three out
- [Player ratings] Molde 0-3 Arsenal – Balogun scores as Gunners cruise
It can be frustrating however, when Giroud lets his emotions get the better of him after a miss. He should be getting back into position and trying to get on the end of the next ball, and throwing his hands up to the heavens is not going to help anything.