Arsenal forward, Olivier Giroud has admitted there were times when pretty nothing was going for him last season.
In an interview with France Football, translated by GetFranceFootball, Giroud, when asked how he dealt with the difficult end of the season he had with Arsenal said ‘You have to look back on the whole season. At the start, I play, I do well. Then came September when Walcott became the starter. There, I admit it, I had quite a delicate period. And then I went to go and play against Denmark with the French national team which went well. It was really good for me and that allowed me to bounce back, just like the next squad meeting.’
Giroud also spoke about the amount of support he got from the French National Team Manager Didier Deschamps and Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger. ‘They are people who know football and who see me play,’ he says. ‘I know that Deschamps and Guy Stephan watch a lot of our matches, Lolo (Koscielny) and I. Sometimes you perform poorly, but throughout the season I have shown myself to be present. In the end, I have still had a good season, maybe one of my best with Arsenal. Confidence, I have it. The managers give it to me and I try to give it back to them on the pitch. I feel really supported and that gives me even more confidence and energy to tackle these Euros with my front foot forward.’
When quizzed about Ben Arfa being more deserving of an Euro place than he does, Giroud replied ‘Now that, that is absolute rubbish. It makes me laugh, what people are ready to say in 2016. I have been told things that make me smile. Yes, over the last four, five months, certain players have excelled. And for me, my last four, five months they have been less good. But a football season starts in August. I know my statistics. The coaching staff at Arsenal and with the national team too. And they know the work that I do for the team. In that sense, I can sleep well at night.’
On the Euros taking place in their home country, Giroud has this to say ‘We want to win the Euros. We are full of hope, of readiness and of desire. We have a super team on paper. But it is on the pitch that we will have to do the work. Since I have started to wear the French national team shirt, my aim has always been to firstly honour it the best I can and to make the people I care about proud, and, by extension all of the French people.Our role, is to excite France. That will happen with a good EURO 2016, and a good EURO 2016 is to win it. We want to realise something massive together.’
We can only hope you do well, Oli. Really hope so. Do well and come back to Arsenal for your best season ever.