Olivier Giroud opened up at a recent question and answer session with Arsenal about who the toughest defender to play against is, working on his weak points, new boy Jeff Reine-Adelaide, his best friend at the club and his favourite celebration.
The forward, who has scored 58 goals in 135 matches since in joined Arsenal in 2012, revealed recently who the hardest defender to play against in the league is.
“In front of Petr,” he slipped in diplomatically, as Petr Cech was sitting only a couple of seats away from him, “Maybe Ivanovic or Kompany from Manchester City. It’s always a tough game against them, a big fight. It was always in good spirits but always very tough.”
On working on his weaknesses, particular his weaker foot, the 28-year-old revealed, “My coaches in the past used to say that you have to work on your qualities. It could be surprising but you need to work on your best qualities, so I try to work more on my left foot. I try to use my right as well. You can always improve your best qualities. I used my right foot sometimes last year and scored a few goals.”
The Frenchman, originally signed from Montpellier, then went on to praise Arsenal new boy, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who we signed from french team, RC Lens.
The midfielder has so far made a couple of appearances during pre-season and impressed.
“I knew that he was the Under-17 European Championship winning side last summer,” Giroud said. “We have seen him on the pitch recently and he has shown his qualities. I think he’s quite mature for his age. He’s good a really good mentality and if he’s listening to the advice around him from his team-mates, he could improve very quickly. His potential is fantastic.”
Reine-Adelaide is only 17-year-old and therefore, is unlikely to feature much for the senior team this season. However, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he won’t be going out on loan just yet and will instead continued to develop under his watchful eye.
Still on the topic of fellow french players, Giroud admitted that he tends to mainly keep to his own at the club, saying, “I don’t have a best mate because I have a good understanding with all of my team-mates. I wouldn’t say one because I speak with all my team-mates. Maybe the French guys like Laurent or Mathieu Debuchy, Francis… French solidarity.”
Finally, on his favourite celebration, or celebrator, as it were, he revealed, “I would say maybe Aaron Ramsey when he tried to knee slide but he missed it and didn’t slide.”
Top banter there, Olivier…