Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has finally responded to the criticism which was showered on him few months back by club legend and ex-player Theirry Henry. In April the French maestro had commented that Arsenal needs to buy a quality forward in order to challenge the title. This was a direct attack on his compatriot Giroud who is at present the main forward at Emirates.
Olivier Giroud had scored 19 goals last season after remaining on the sidelines for almost half of the season. He has in total scored 58 goals for the Gunners in the last three seasons.
Responding to Henry’s criticism, Giroud said: I know Thierry and I knew what he wanted to mean,” said Giroud. “If I see him we will have a conversation between two men. I’m not angry against him but it’s true that I didn’t understand at first. But it’s alright. I’m not going to be upset about that. I’m sleeping well and as long as my family is OK that’s the main thing. It doesn’t affect me too much.
To be honest, when you are a footballer you don’t have to listen to people commenting about your performance. The main thing is not to have any doubt when you miss a chance or miss a game. The best thing is to forget about the comments straight away and to keep the head up and not let it affect your qualities.
Olivier Giroud had extended his contract last season which keep him at the club untill 2018. About his Arsenal future he opined: Because I love this game I will play until my body can’t back me any more. Maybe until 37 or 38. The World Cup [in 2018] is a big target for me and hopefully I will sign a new contract before then.
Olivier Giroud has been instrumental for the Gunners in his three years stint so far. He scored almost 20 goals a season but his injury concerns generally hamper Arsenal’s cause several times. He is a good striker but not good enough for a team with great ambitions. Arsenal might actually require to buy a marquee striker to convert the present sqaud into world class.