Posted on October 07, 2015 by ADMIN

France boss to help Arsenal striker with lost confidence

Despite the fact that the Arsenal and England international Theo Walcott is looking better all the time and showing that Arsene Wenger has a great option for the centre forward position, the form of our France international striker Olivier Giroud is becoming a real concern.

Giroud may have already scored three Premier League goals this season, but it is clear that he is not the same player that was the main man for Arsenal in recent years. His volley against Crystal Palace was a sweetly taken goal, while the other two against Stoke and Leicester were decent finishes but the big Frenchman has also missed a host of chances and his all round play has been well below par.

Giroud has always thrived on confidence and those three goals do not seem to have given him any. According to an ESPN report, Didier Deschamps his international manager with France says this lack of confidence is what is affecting Giroud´s form.

Deschamps is determined to help though, and after publicly backing the Arsenal forward after he was booed by French fans last month, the coach has kept him in the squad in an attempt to help him regain his confidence and form.

Deschamps said, “Olivier is in a tough position — it’s a difficult period for him.

“He was sent off in the Champions League with Arsenal and couldn’t play in their last match in the competition. He’s not playing as much as before. Inevitably, his confidence has diminished.

“He started two games at the 2014 World Cup.

“He was an important player and he can’t lose that from one day to the next. The fact that he’s here is also a way of telling him that I have confidence in him.”

With France hosting the Euro 2016 tournament next summer, they do not have to qualify and so their games against Armenia and Denmark over the next week are just friendlies. Hopefully this will mean that Deschamps gives Giroud plenty of time on the pitch and hopefully this will mean that he comes back to north London ready to shine again for Arsenal.

Do you think he will still be able to have a big say over the course of our season?

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15 thoughts on “France boss to help Arsenal striker with lost confidence

  1. Robertthegooner

    We need his goals. We can’t expect Walcott and Alexis to be fit for every match

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    1. GoonerLad

      Serious question, how many games has Walcott played in 2015 and how many goals does he have ?

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      1. Robertthegooner

        I think 9 Total appearances and 4 Total goals
        6 PL apps and 2 PL goals

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        1. Robertthegooner

          Giroud has scored 3 PL goals out of 11 total apps
          But to be fair, he hasn’t had a lot of minutes as Walcott has started quite a few matches

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            1. Lethal Prince 9

              Its 4 goals
              vs Stoke
              vs Dinamo
              vs Leicester
              vs Olympiakos

              FUNFACT : All the goals he scored has been first goal of Arsenal in those matches…

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        2. GoonerLad

          Sorry I asked the question wrongly, I meant in all the games including PL, a few weeks ago he had 11 goals in 11 games so what would be his goal record at this moment?

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      2. Lethal Prince 9

        Previous season
        Beginning from getting a starting role against Aston Villa(I excluded other games because he returned from a year long ACL injury returning to match fitness),
        He has 7 starts and 9 sub appearances scoring 7 goals in all competitions including a hattrick

        This season (counting Community Shield)
        He has 7 starts and 3 sub appearances (4 if you count his 2 minute Capital one cup appearance)
        he has 4 goals and 3 assists.


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        1. GoonerLad

          Thanks for the info, so he’s getting back to his 2012 form because at this rate he can get 15-20 assists and +20 goals by the end of the season 😀

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  2. Dee@ease

    Giroud is not good enough,on the attacking front we look better with Walcott upfront even the Olympiakos game it was the defence that let us down not our attacking players!

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  3. Honest Opinion

    Walcott is our future and not Giroud.Giroud is already 29 and mediocre at best.Bring in a new world class striker[Cavani someone]

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    1. NY_Gunner

      @honest opinion
      Cavani for the future? For Real???? He’s almost 29 himself…

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  4. Invincibles49

    Giroud was always destined to be Plan B for Arsenal. And make no mistake about it, we need a solid Plan B . Its a long gruelling season still ahead and injuries, loss of form may happen to Walcott, Sanchez, Ozil for brief periods. So i really want Giroud to be back to his best. If Giroud can chip in with 15 goals, it will be good season for him and Arsenal.

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  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Bob, Giroud will come good with 2 goals at our away game to Watford., The Boss is expected to start him in his rotation Gunners team because of our impending UCL home game. Walcott is expected to be started to lead the line in that our Ucl home game against Bayern Munich. Let’s pray for all the Gunners on international duty to return safely without picking up any injury.

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  6. Jessy

    I hope it ain’t surprising anyone here that his confidence has gone down! Put yoself in his shoes…. Everyone says he isn’t good, on all sports channel fans (including France), blogs, gunning for Wengers head that he’s not signed a WC striker etc….The man is 29….He’s got a wife, family, friends, team mates and he knows they read this whole stuff about him. In fact, he’s strong! The only regret is that our comments only affect the players but not the decision taking people!!!!!!!!

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