Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was back in the goals on Sunday night as he grabbed a double in France’s 2-1 friendly win away in Denmark. After being booed by the French supporters after a truly shocking performance against Armenia earlier in the week, Giroud was in the hunt to prove the doubters wrong and he duly delivered with an efficient display.
Giroud hasn’t had the best of season’s for club or country so far this season and has found himself on the bench in favour of England international Theo Walcott in recent weeks. In fact, Giroud last started a game for Arsenal way back in August in the 0-0 draw against Liverpool. With Arsene Wenger refusing to invest in a top striker during the summer, it looked like Giroud would once again be the main vocal point in attack, but a disappointing start to the season has so far yielded just three goals.
With Giroud struggling to live up to being his teams number one goalscorer, he has said that he plans to ‘harden his mentality’ in an effort to win back his first team place. He also feels that he still has the trust and backing of manager Arsene Wenger.
With Theo Walcott determined to create a reputation of being a striker rather than a winger, the decision to drop Giroud in favour of Walcott up front has so far paid off for Arsenal with the England man in very impressive form. Walcott has stated on numerous occasions of his desire to add an aggressive streak to his game and make the striker position his own, which will have Giroud very wary of.
Giroud admits he’s not used to being on the bench, but is refusing to get too downhearted and insists he still feels Gunners boss Wenger believes in him.
“It is something new for me. Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. I cannot simply take refuge in work. At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change.“ Giroud told French reporters after the win against Denmark.
With Giroud currently making do with a bench role at Arsenal, it will be interesting to see if he can relay his recent goal-scoring form for France in the Premier League once he gets his next chance. With two players seemingly battling for one place in Arsene Wenger’s team, one of them could well be a very smart investment on the Football INDEX with bench-warmer Giroud currently valued at £2.00 and Theo Walcott at £2.54.