Giroud defends himself against critics of his Arsenal career

Giroud defends himself against critics of his Arsenal career

Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has backed his goal record of 105 goals in 253 games at the Gunners.

The Frenchman repeatedly produced moments of magic while playing as Arsenal’s center forward, yet he remained a subject of criticism for much of his career in North London.

Additionally, as Giroud kept on improving, there were persistent reports of Arsenal hunting for his replacement. The Frenchman has now admitted it he was aware and it hurt him.

“Of course it hurts. I’m a human being, a person with emotions and the most important thing is not to pay attention to what people say on social media,” Giroud told the Mirror.

“But my record? That’s not bad! I’m very happy with that. The story of my life has been people asking if I think I was a bit underrated. I think it’s also partly because I’m not a centre forward with the skills who the youngsters dream about.

The 35-year-old, who late went on to score only 39 goals in 119 games for Chelsea, accepts that strikers have to score goals but also values his ability to help other players around to score and create goals.

“But I think the most important thing is to be very efficient because as a striker you are judged on your statistics, how many goals you score, I’m happy to do the pressing that others don’t do and the [expletive] that others don’t want to do. But it’s so important to me.

"But as a striker, you will always be judged on the stats and when I look back, I tell myself that I am so thankful to God that I’m on the pitch to enjoy my career, he’s always alongside me to help me to make the right decisions," Giroud added.

"I’ve won so many things in my career that I could never have imagined when I started. When I look back, I am very proud,” the Montpellier star concluded.

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