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‘It’s getting tedious!’ Giroud angry with constant criticism from France fans

Date Posted,June 11, 2017

Arsenal star Olivier Giroud is unhappy with the constant criticism he is receiving from France fans and says it is getting ‘tedious’ after producing his best form in recent games.

Giroud scored a wonder goal against Sweden last Friday which took his tally to 17 goals in his last 21 appearances for Les Bleus.

But the 30-year-old has still attracted negative criticism from France fans who have never accepted his style of play after he replaced Karim Benezema in the attack.

Giroud says the abuse is only inspiring him to improve his own game and feels he has responded in the best possible fashion by scoring six times in the past four internationals which includes a hat-trick against Paraguay.

Olivier Giroud scored a wonder goal against Sweden (Photo: AFP)

The Gunners star is set to lead the France forward line once again when they face England on Tuesday night and hopes to silence his critics once again.

Giroud said: ‘To be honest with you, it’s a bit tedious. It’s been the story of my career.

“People have always questioned me over the years. It does get to you after a while, especially because you’re doing the job on the field.

“But this is what also helps me to stay alert and focused on what I have to do.

Karim Benzema of France celebrates after making it 3-0 to France against Honduras
Karim Benzema is being left out of the France squad (Photo: Getty)

“I’m not really asking myself any questions about how popular I am. The pseudo-debates don’t really capture all of my attention, to be honest.”

Giroud will overtake Benzema on France’s list of top goalscorers if he scores against England on Tuesday night with his international record of 27 goals in 63 games moving him a step closer to the record number of goals by Thierry Henry with 51.

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Giroud added: ‘Obviously a forward is judged on what he brings to the side, how he is involved in the game. But a striker’s also there to finish.

“I have to put it away and I’m doing that. I have a good ratio and I hope to keep climbing up the hierarchy.”

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