Olivier Giroud did not enjoy his best night in front of goal against AS Monaco, and has admitted that he is in pain following his embarrassing performance.
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The 28-year-old missed a number of gilt edged chances during our disappointing Champions League loss, and was eventually substituted on the hour mark.
He is the first to admit that he wasn’t playing well, and claims that the display has actually left him in pain. The Frenchman has been left embarrassed by his performance, and knows that more is expected from him.
“I am not a better or worse player than three days ago, it is just about confidence and keeping [strong],” he told Arsenal Player.
“I am really hurting, more than disappointed, it has been embarrassing for me. But I have never given up in my career and sometimes I have had tough games like that before.
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“It was difficult because nothing went right, everything was tough for me. I tried to keep focused but I understood why the boss wanted to substitute me. It was not my day.
“When you are a striker people expect more from you. I did well recently and scored a lot of goals, but when you miss chances it is like that – you have to question yourself. I will keep working hard and bounce back as soon as possible.”
Despite a disappointing evening in front of goal, Giroud is still our best option going forward. Danny Welbeck has shown moments of quality, but he offers very little in the lone striker role that Giroud cannot improve upon.
Hopefully our handsome striker can bounce back quickly, with a few goals against Everton to help restore his confidence.
We can’t let the defeat against Monaco impact our performance in other competitions, and we need to now put it behind us and move on.