Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he's still in pain after a string of horrible misses against Monaco on Wednesday night, but stressed that he's not become a bad player overnight.
Giroud spurned more than one glorious opportunity to score in Arsenal's shock 3-1 defeat on Wednesday, most notably unmarked from point-blank range after pouncing on a rebound from an Alexis Sanchez shot.
The Frenchman was put out of his misery by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger after 60 minutes and left the pitch to a chorus of loud ironic cheers, but is adamant that he'll do everything in his power to bounce back quickly.
In an interview last night Giroud conceded: “I am really hurting, more than disappointed, it has been embarrassing for me. But I have never given up in my career and sometimes I have had tough games like that before.
"I am not a better or worse player than three days ago, it is just about confidence and keeping [strong]. It was difficult because nothing went right, everything was tough for me. I tried to keep focused but I understood why the boss wanted to substitute me. It was not my day.
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Should Wenger stick with Giroud against Everton?
“When you are a striker people expect more from you. I did well recently and scored a lot of goals, but when you miss chances it is like that - you have to question yourself. I will keep working hard and bounce back as soon as possible.”
Wenger has an interesting dilemma on his hands after Giroud's struggles in midweek, does he trust the forward to right those wrongs against Everton or take him out of the firing line tomorrow afternoon?
It's almost easy to forget that until that Wednesday night horror show Giroud had been in magnificent form, scoring eight times in his previous 11 matches.
Giroud offers a physical presence no other Arsenal can forward can match, regardless of his struggles with clear-cut chances against Monaco.
For that reason expect Wenger to stand by his man on Sunday, challenging the bulk of Wednesday night's side to prove they have the spirit to put things right at the first possible opportunity.
Arsenal fans, do you think Giroud should start against Everton or would you like to see Danny Welbeck, or even Theo Walcott get a chance through the middle? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!
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