Arsenal's Olivier Giroud rates last season as "one of the best" of his career

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Olivier Giroud has been a source of frustration for Arsenal fans in recent years.

Brilliant one week and terrible the next, the France international is often criticised for his inconsistency in front of goal.

Twenty-six goals in all competitions last season is far from a shabby return, of course, but a four-month drought in the Premier League from January to May encapsulated Giroud's renowned flaws.


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The Frenchman has now commented on his much-maligned campaign and, perhaps unsurprisingly, he shares a different opinion to the vast majority of Arsenal supporters.

In Giroud’s eyes, last term was “one of the best seasons of my career”.

He said, per the Mirror: “I remind you that the season does not start in January 2016, even if it suits certain people who come down on me by counting certain periods rather than others.

“A striker has to be judged by his consistency. I had six very good months and the months after were a bit more complicated. But at the end, I scored 28 goals and given 10 assists.

“It is one of the best seasons of my career.”

What’s interesting is that Giroud attempts to defend his performances by saying he had a “very good” six months, but then says a striker must be “judged by his consistency”.

Well, if that’s the case, then criticism is arguably warranted, because he went 15 - that’s right, 15 - Premier League games without a goal. That’s being inconsistent.

It’s a shame really, because on his day, Giroud is a wonderful player.

But ultimately, Arsenal need a striker capable of hitting the back of the net week in, week out, rather than one that performs well for one half of the season, but not the other.

Giroud also commented on the sheer amount of criticism he receives: “I no longer really pay attention but I hear certain comments.

“I am a human being, I prefer to hear nice things about me. But who does everyone agree about nowadays? I will always be criticised.

“Maybe because I came through by a different route. I came via the National league, Ligue 2, Ligue 1. I didn’t have everything straight away.

“People speak too because I have a thankless role. For a striker, it is double edged. When things go well, you are the best and when you score less, you are immediately targeted.

“There is a media frenzy around me because I am competition to Karim (Benzema). There are those who are pro-Karim and those pro-Giroud. There is nothing I can do about it."

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