Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that even goals in pre-season friendlies mean a lot to him as he believes strikers need to keep their killer instinct in front of goal every time they play.
The Frenchman came on as a second half substitute during Arsenal's 7-0 thrashing of Indonesia XI and the ex-Montpellier man got his name on the scoresheet twice after slotting home from two Bacary Sagna crosses.
His first strike came just two minutes after he entered the match.
Reports have suggested that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new striker this summer despite Giroud bagging 17 goals last season, but the Gunners boss has backed Giroud to keep on performing next season even if there is more competition for the striker's role.
Talking after the game, Giroud admitted that it felt great to be playing again and admitted that every goal he scores matters to him whether it's in a friendly or a competitive match.
“I'm happy to play again,” he told Arsenal Player. “It's always good for a striker to score really early.
"I'm happy with it and I felt the team did very well in the game. We will go ahead and improve. It's a good result for us.
“It's a friendly game but when you can 'kill' the 'keeper, you have to do it when you are a striker. You have to have the striker spirit.”
The Frenchman joined Arsenal last summer, so this is his first proper pre-season with the north London club and he cannot get over how amazing the fans have been in the Far East.
Giroud added: “It's the first time I've seen that," he said. "It's amazing, it’s incredible!
"It's the first time for me in Asia and it's nice to come here for them because they really support the team in an incredible way.”
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