Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored for France last night against Italy in his first start since Euro 2016.
Due to a lack of a pre-season, Giroud has been rested by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over the first month of the season, making just one appearance off the bench, against Watford at the weekend with the game already won.
Giroud netted to put France 2-1 up against Italy, continuing to show why he deserves his place in the side.
His goal was his 21st in 53 international games for Les Bleus, a better strike rate than his outcast rival Karim Benzema, who has 27 in 81 matches.
The pressure is off Giroud a little at Arsenal thanks to the signing of Lucas Perez, but the Frenchman certainly is determined to fight for his spot, and looks in fine form and ready to hit the ground running for the Gunners when the Premier League resumes.
His goal certainly had Arsenal fans buzzing, who are feeling positive again after their late transfer window business, which also saw the club add defender Shkodran Mustafi.
Here is a look at how Gunners fans reacted on Twitter to Giroud’s performance…
Giroud will score 30 this year
— Tosi (@afcTosi) September 1, 2016
@afcTosi which year ? 2016 or 2017? U must be on the wrong pills
— RudePettie (@pettielee) September 1, 2016
Giroud was the real madness all along
— Billy Davis (@billldavis) September 1, 2016
So Giroud hasn’t been fit and has been too tired to play for us for the last 3 weeks but he plays for France tonight. Wtf. We needed him.
— GaryAFC46 (@GaryCrewe46) September 1, 2016
Giroud just can’t stop scoring for France??
— Gooner_esque (@lloydfame) September 1, 2016
Looks like an easy goal for Giroud, but a clever finish. He always scores these type of goals. Good to see him back and score.
— Sir Jenkinson (@theEpicGooner) September 1, 2016
Giroud with another goal for France tonight, crazy to think that not even 3 months ago his own fans were booing him #AFC
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) September 1, 2016
Good to see Giroud scoring. Him and Perez could be a deadly partnership
— Ollie (@TheArseneStand) September 1, 2016
Giroud would’ve won France the Euros if he didnt come off, same goes for Henry in 2006 WC final.
— Römeo (@Arsenal490304) September 1, 2016