Giroud says critics don’t worry him, ahead of Chelsea clash

Giroud says critics don't worry him, ahead of Chelsea clash

The experienced Frenchman – who has scored 18 goals in all competitions this term, has dismissed claims he’s worried about critics.

Ahead of Arsenal‘s important clash with London rivals Chelsea this weekend, striker Olivier Giroud has publicly dismissed claims that critics worry him. The 29-year-old, who has scored 13 goals in the Premier League this term, has insisted that he is not affected – despite splitting opinion between supporters and neutrals alike.

Giroud acknowledges haters will always be present

As quoted by FourFourTwo, he acknowledged the fact that there will “always be haters” to deal with, so doesn’t let himself get worked up about criticism.

He also said he’s eager to “give everything” in order to “always improve” himself, which has worked this year, and he’ll hopefully reach his targets – a 30-goal tally by the end of the campaign, to help Arsenal win their first League title in just over a decade.

Competition has made Olivier better

Given the Gunners’ preferred formation being a 4231 with a lone striker up-top, Giroud has had spells of an impressive nature as well as inconsistency in recent years. Theo Walcott‘s favoured role is in a centre-forward position, and the pacey Englishman has done his bit to stake a claim for a starting berth in that position.

But despite rumours suggesting Arsenal were set to sign a striker last summer to boost their title credentials, Giroud has continuously proven his own worth in more ways than one. Not only is he a threat in the air – he’s clinical in and around the penalty area, and his hold-up play is ideal to help teammates drive forward and support him in attack, especially when on the breakaway.

Giroud advancing past Joselu against Stoke, last weekend | Image: Getty

Most supporters continue to suggest that Giroud isn’t good enough to lead Arsenal to the title – but if he hits his 30-goal tally by May, it seems likely that he’ll fire the north Londoners to a long-awaited trophy at last – which is the best way to silence critics.

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