Poor old Olivier Giroud can do nothing right, especially for Arsenal fans! He has been much maligned by Gooners ever since he first arrived at the Emirates four years ago, and he has also been taking a lot of stick from France fans over the last month or two.
He felt under pressure in France’s opening game, especially as the home nation and the favourites, but he came good and opened the scoring against Romania. This means he has now scored 8 goals in his last 8 games for the national team, and he really would like the fans to stop picking on him!
‘My statistics speak for themselves,’ Giroud said. ‘People say I get better through adversity but I’d be happy to live without all the mudslingers,’
‘I was feeling tense,’ he said. ‘The pressure was enormous and the expectations were high, we could all feel that. So yes, definitely, converting that chance was a big relief.’
Despite his current run of form, he is aware that the cheers can so quickly turn to jeers again, but he is trying to be philosophical about it. ‘I just try to give it my best without asking myself too many questions,’ he said. ‘You never finish building the road to success. I like that one, it’s from my brother. It means you must never stop fighting.’
I honestly hope that Giroud carries on with his confidence and scores in every single game and France win the tournament. Surely that will shut the French boo-boys up. I don’t think it will stop the Arsenal fans from “slingeeng ze mud” at Oli….