Olivier Giroud was recently told he wasn’t good enough to lead the line for Arsenal by club legend Thierry Henry, but our current French forward claims that despite the “brutal” nature of his compatriot’s comments, he is not about to lose any sleep over them, as reported by the Evening Standard.
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Giroud has been superb this season, and after a spell on the sidelines with injury he came back with a vengeance. His goalscoring record was excellent in 2015, and he was a massive part of what made us so successful after the turn of the year.
He experienced something of a drought towards the end of the campaign however, and it appeared to be no coincidence that his dip in form coincided with the comments from Henry.
The player turned pundit has since said that he was misunderstood, but Giroud looks to have already been effected.
The HFB is determined to bounce back however, and insists he hasn’t lost any sleep over Henry’s criticism.
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“It is part of the game and I will never win unanimous support,” Giroud said.
“Apparently Titi [Henry] corrected himself recently, he said that he was thinking about competition, that he wanted Arsenal to have many strikers who can score goals.
“He was a little brutal at the time, so it caused a fuss, but that is what he’s asked to do as a pundit and I didn’t lose any sleep over it.
“Of course, it hurts your pride, it brings into question the work you do every day.
“It irritates you, and I was a little annoyed, but I quickly put it behind me. I talked to the coach and the most important thing is to have the support of the people around you, who have faith in you, the staff, my team-mates.
“Anyway, we can only answer on the pitch and that is also why the FA Cup was important.”
Despite his claims, there is no question that his form has suffered lately – regardless of his goal in the FA Cup final.
Hopefully he listens to his own advice, and answers his critics on the field.