Its been a tough couple of weeks for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, he has been out of form in recent Premier League performances for his club, scoring only once in five appearances and now it appears he's lost that spark for his country too.
According to the Mirror, Giroud claims he has the mental strength to bounce back after a lacklustre performance for his country on Monday night against Serbia.
The forward was berated by his own fans after missing a host of clear cut chances, and he was replaced just after the hour mark, to make room for Real Madrid's' Karim Benzema. The 28-year-old left the Matmut Atlantique Stadium to a chorus of boos after a disappointing performance.
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The Frenchman is refusing to let this current dip in form affect his confidence. He has bullishly predicted he will overcome this current lull in the high standards expected of him and Arsenal fans will be hoping Giroud finds his confidence turn into performance for the Gunners' clash with Stoke at the Emirates this Saturday.
Giroud said: "As a striker, what you get used to on a daily basis, it is to be applauded when you score goals. I am going first, to enjoy our victory and then obviously I will have to correct a few things."
France manager Didier Deschamps was quick to defend the struggling striker;
"Giroud definitely contributed and he was unlucky on a few occasions because the goalkeeper made great saves; he had three clear opportunities. Obviously if he had been more efficient the score would have been much greater but in his role he put in a lot of effort. He is the first to be sad about his lack of efficiency, but it happens sometimes.”
The spotlight is very much on Giroud, he knows he is the main striker for Arsenal and with Manchester City off to a flying start this season already, he knows how much pressure is on him to get back on top, especially now after Arsene Wenger failed to bring in any attacking reinforcements during the summer transfer window, much to the dismay of fans.