The Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud has had to contend with much criticism over the last four years since he arrived at the Emirates, but he still manages to put in his performances and score the occasional goal 🙂
But now that Karim Benzema has been left out of the France squad for being a despicable person and Giroud is named as Didier Deschamp’s main man, our Olly has now had to put up with the same abuse from his fellow countrymen as well.
He admits that he is growing used to the jeers, but with France aiming to win the Euro2016 tournament on their home turf, Giroud was sort of hoping that the fans would actually be supporting him at this crucial time. He said: “You know that I have gone through stages in my career that have been quite complicated, so these things don’t hurt me much, but it is true that it is a shame.
“Being French, playing in France, if we miss a chance we want the fans to encourage us. They are also there for that – especially as I scored a goal with my only shot.
“So I do not understand it much but what was important was that we won, and that I continue that personal run of scoring.”
His boss is backing Giroud, and was at pains to point out that it was only a minority that were abusing Olivier. “It’s definitely a minority (of fans) and it’s obviously unfair,” Deschamps said. “Until proven otherwise he scores goals for us which is what we ask him to do. I’m counting on him as does the team.”
Okay at Arsenal, Giroud went a whole three months without finding the net, but strangely, for France, he has scored five goals in his last six games, which makes the abuse even harder to understand. The Euros is Olly’s big chance to finally silence his critics and I would live to see him with the trophy and end up as top scorer.
Arsenal fans will still jeer him though…..