Giroud praises the Gooners and Diaby by AM
Olivier Giroud, in an interview to FIFA’s official website, has praised his French team mate Abou Diaby and has also shown his delight at playing for the ‘Knowledgeable’ Arsenal fans.
The French international forward, who is yet to score his first goal for the Gunners, has said that he is proud to follow in the ‘footsteps’ of French legends like Henry, Viera and Pires at the club.
“Even as a young boy, I dreamed of playing in the Premier League. Remember, there were several big-name French players doing well at Arsenal at the time, guys like Patrick Vieira, Sylvain Wiltord, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, among others, and that made an impression on me. I’m very proud to follow in the footsteps of all those ‘Frenchies’, and I hope to make my mark at the club as well. I really am pleased with my decision to come here.” – Giroud was quoted in Fifa.com.
Giroud was also full of praise for another French international who has left his mark this season, Abou Diaby. The striker said that Diaby’s presence in the midfield is ‘tactically’ very important for Arsenal, and that it is very ‘reassuring’ to play alongside him.
“Abou is absolutely essential to how we approach games tactically at Arsenal. He’s an athletic, complete player, extremely effective at winning the ball back, but also at distributing it and driving into opposition territory. He’s a very important player for the club, but also for France, and he’s doing everything he can to leave his injury problems behind him. He’s a great professional, and it’s reassuring to play alongside him.” – Giroud said to FIFA.
In the end, the former Montpellier striker has praised the fans highlighting how knowledgeable the crowd is at the Emirates. Giroud said –
“The atmosphere in the stadiums is pretty much what I was expecting; the support from the fans is amazing! They chant non-stop, and I felt very honoured that they even sang a little song about me when I arrived. On top of that, the fans are very knowledgeable. They applaud when you block a clearance, when you drop back to help in defence, or when you put in a strong tackle. It’s actually a tremendous way of looking at the game.”
Giroud would love to break his scoring duck in Arsenal’s next match. Just one goal from his boots can boost his confidence and open the flood gates as his quality is never in doubt. Allez Olivier!