France international, Olivier Giroud has admitted of his rustiness in front of goal after getting booed by the Les Blues’ fans following a disappointing performance against the Serbians. The 28 year-old Forward was chosen as the sole striker for the friendly game ahead of Madrid’s Karim Benzema. But he was consistently wasteful all through his stay on the pitch, and was subject to jeers from the French supporters at half time and while being substituted for Benzema.
The Arsenal front man has come under criticisms in recent times for his lack of efficiency in finding the back of the net, with Arsenal legend and former French player, Henry stating that the forward doesn’t have the quality to win the League for the Gunners. Wenger however continues to stick with him to lead his attack, and he refused to bring in another striker during the transfer window.
Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck, who will be unavailable for a larger part of the season due to injury, leaving them with only Giroud as the recognized striker when they face Stokes City by weekend. Olivier, who has scored just once in his last 7 appearances for both club and country agrees he has not been in his best form in recent times, he told reporters after the match,
“As a striker, what you got used to on a daily basis, it is to be applauded when you score goals. When the opposite happens, it’s difficult. Everybody gets criticised one day. That’s not the first and surely not the last time it happens. I have the mental strength to bounce back. Now I am going to focus on working. I am everything but worried about that. I will bounce back.”
Arsene Wenger failed to make a Summer signing for a forward, and that could go a long way in reducing their chances of challenging for the title, as it continues to be clear that Olivier Giroud isn’t the best Arsenal can use to land a major trophy this season.