Arsenal Striker Olivier Giroud Booed Off of By Fans Following Poor Display During France Vs Belarus Clash

Ominous signs for Arsenal fans as new-boy fails to impress again.

Olivier Giroud admits he endured a disappointing night in a France shirt as he was substituted and booed off at home to Belarus on Tuesday.

The Arsenal striker was handed a start by Didier Deschamps for the World Cup qualifier in Paris but was jeered off after an hour with his side a goal up.

Les Bleus went on to win the match 3-1 but Giroud was left to bemoan a dream opportunity that ended on a sour note.

“I welcomed my position in the starting XI with a lot of enthusiasm and happiness,” said the 25-year-old.

“Being in French team starting XI is always a privilege. However, I was a little disappointed to be substituted.

“When you are a forward you need time and try to not listen to the fans, above all at Stade de France, where the audience is always a little special.”

Giroud has netted just once for France in 11 appearances for the national team and is also goalless after three games for the Gunners since his big-money move from Montpellier in the summer.

Giroud looks impressive in the image, taken before the start of the new season, as he poses in his new kit. But Arsenal’s new signing, tasked, alongside fellow new-arrival Lukas Podolski, in filling the big shoes left by last season’s star man Robin Van Persie has so far failed to impress in his three starts for the Gunners this season.

Given the opportunity to show his qualities in a starting role by France boss Didier Deschamps, a performance was expected from the striker, but in his own admission he failed to take that opportunity and the fickle French fans let him know just that.

The news that he was booed off after an hour in France’s victory over Belarus last night will further concern Gunners fans, who fear that the arrival of yet another ill-performing acquisition up front, following the likes of Chamakh and Gervinho in recent seasons, without Van Persie to steady the ship alongside this time around will see their side now unable to challenge the top four.

While the new player rightly deserves the time to bed-in at his new club before he can be expected to start producing the flying-form eventually hoped of him after two fine seasons for Montpellier in the French top flight, the patience of the Arsenal faithful will not last long if he continues in his current form.

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