Oliver Giroud has come under fire from Arsenal fans and pundits alike in his four years as the Gunners main striker, but especially this campaign just ended as we failed to catch Leicester in the title race. A hat-trick in the last League game against Aston Villa meant that Giroud equalled his best tally of 16 (EPL) goals for the season, and 24 in all competitions, but that is not really good enough for a top team like Arsenal, especially with Ozil creating chances in the hundreds…..
All the Arsenal rumours this summer are saying that Wenger intends to bring in a top class striker this summer, after Giroud’s 14 game drought derailed the Gunners title bid, so Telefoot asked Olly what he thought about all the criticism he had received. He replied: “Those things do not make you happy. In terms of what I can say about the minority of journalists and so-called specialists, I am concentrating solely on my statistics this season.”
Giroud also said that he had had a discussion with the France boss Didier Deschamps in March when he was sometimes left on the bench for Arsenal, and he added: “I had a discussion with him in March, during a period where I was playing less. It was important for me, he made it clear that he believed in me.”
For Giroud’s sake (and France’s) we hope that that hat-trick has signalled a return to form for our centre-forward, because if they are serious about having a favourites chance of winning the Euros they need Olly knocking in his chances….