Olivier Giroud admitted in an interview with Téléfoot that he doesn’t pay attention to what other people think of him, only his own statistics.
The French striker, who is currently away with his national team in training for Euro 2016, has had an up-and-down season. His form ebbs and flows and, with it, Arsenal’s results. There’s a lot of pressure on his big shoulders and, often, he succumbed to it and found it almost impossible to score.
Despite what his performances may tell us, he claims that what others say doesn’t affect him.
“Those things do not make you happy,” he said.
“In terms of what I can say about the minority of journalists and so-called specialists, I am concentrating solely on my statistics this season.”
Although he claims not to listen to his critics, Giroud has demonstrated before that he does let the nerves get to him. His hold-up play is really good and he’s a useful asset to the squad but we really do need him to be scoring more. Most strikers have goal droughts from when your first choice scorer goes from 15 games without a goal… you’ve got problems.