The villain of the night in our defeat to Monaco last month was undoubtedly Olivier Giroud after the Frenchman missed hatful of chances and was dragged off after an hour to an applause from the fans.
Giroud has since responded remarkably, scoring in the subsequent three league games, yet the doubt still remains regarding his ability to produce on the biggest occasions.
However, Giroud has claimed that he hasn’t paid attention to noises surrounding his performances, assuring that he questions himself and will be looking to produce a strong response.
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“There are always tough moments,” he said (via the Telegraph).
“You have to question yourself every week and bounce back. I try to show my answer on the pitch.
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“Football is a sport where you need to have a strong mentality. It’s like life. You have to have a conscience about it and be aware. Don’t believe the people who talk too much. I know when I play well or not.
“I think we learned from our mistakes and we will go to Monaco with a lot of confidence.”
It wouldn’t be a surprised to see Wenger start Danny Welbeck ahead of Giroud given the pace the former can offer away from home and the fact that he was rested against West Ham.
Given the winner he bagged against his old side, Welbeck may well be in a better state to lead the line in a game of huge magnitude.