Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has sent out some seriously mixed messages over the last 24 hours, through no fault of his own.
Giroud was fantastic against Middlesbrough and told Arsenal's official club website that he's loving life as part of a varied attacking unit that's never been stronger.
Gunners fans opening the Evening Standard tonight will read a different story though, with the French forward sharing issues with self-confidence that require regular reassurance from Arsene Wenger.
Mixed signals to say the least
The French international described himself as his own worst enemy in that particular interview, conceding: "I try to give my best every game, sometimes it goes easy, sometimes I struggle a bit more, but it is always a determination, I try to keep it high in my head, because it is my worst enemy.
"(I am asking myself) am I ready or am I not? The boss told me that before and sometimes I need to push myself a bit out of my comfort zone."
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Sanchez, Ozil and co. should help change his mind
Giroud's revelation is honest and refreshing, but the target man is definitely being a little harsh on himself when you look at the way he's combined with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla in recent weeks.
The 28-year-old has scored seven times in 10 games over the last two months, returning in style from a broken foot to prove he remains Arsene Wenger's first choice centre-forward when fully fit
Arsenal fans should be genuinely excited about the variety of options at Wenger's disposal in the final third, now that the vast majority of his creative players are finally fully fit.
Giroud holds the key to bringing Sanchez, Ozil, Theo Walcott and co. into play though, the physical focal point that helps knit Arsenal's play together where it really matters most.
Wenger clearly has a challenge on hands convincing Giroud he deserves that star status, but the numbers don't lie.
Giroud has scored 10 in 18 across all competitions this term, with a healthy return of 22 and 17 in his two full seasons with Arsenal to date.
Arsenal need their promising striker to find consistency over the course of an entire campaign to reach their full potential, but he's got the perfect platform to do just that with a magnificent supporting cast.
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