Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has thanked Arsene Wenger for helping him turn his season around, reports the Daily Express.
The Frenchman was widely criticised by supporters for missing several big chances in the Gunners’ 1-3 defeat to AS Monaco in the Champions League, but has reacted well. He has scored seven times in ten appearances in all competitions since that terrible result, which effectively knocked the North London club out of Europe.
However, even with this run of form it is doubtful whether the 28-year-old is good enough if manager Arsene Wenger wants to orchestrate a title challenge next time round. A top class striker of the same quality of Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero could be something the 65-year-old looks to find for his team in the next transfer window.
Until then though they are stuck with Giroud at the Emirates, and at least he is now much more confident with a good run of form behind him. The former Montpellier ace points to his goal against Everton as when it all turned around.
He said: “I knew that almost all the eyes would be on me and my performance, so I tried to do my best and it was a better day for me. I thank the boss for giving me the chance to answer. I am pleased with that reaction and I felt really relieved after the game because it had been a little weight on my shoulders.
“Nowadays you have to deal with that pressure. There is more media now, and social media as well – it is more than in the 1990s. But I like pressure and the boys do as well. I try to keep my distance from it in the good moments and the bad moments too.
He added: “Everything is amplified when you play well and everything is amplified when you miss one game. Everything is questioned. It is part of a sportsman today and you have to deal with that.”