Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny scored France’s three goals against Scotland, prompting us to use the headline ‘Arsenal thump Scotland’.
It was an obvious thing to say, so obvious, in fact, that Olivier Giroud said it himself, both to L’Equipe and to Lolo when the match finished (he also talked about Jamie Vardy coming to Arsenal).
Speaking to the media after scoring a brace (watch both goals here), Giroud said, “It’s good, we created many chances. Even if we could not make the score worse in the second half, we really enjoyed attacking and defending as well, because we have not conceded any goals.
“It’s a great victory for Arsenal this Saturday night! (laughs).
“Yes, I said the same thing with Lolo after the game. It’s a nice nod.
“Above all, he has done a good job at the back. He imposed his authority in our area and was rewarded in the other.”
Giroud received a standing ovation after his brace.
In part it was the crowd looking to make up for the way they had treated him in the last game. It was the same as when we gave Emmanuel Eboue a standing ovation because we all felt so guilty for booing him that time he was subbed on and then off again because he was so rubbish.
I’m not saying Giroud was rubbish, btw.
“Who would not like to be cheered like that.” Oli continued. “It warms the heart to feel supported.
“Now, I did not feel too much pressure because of what happened in Nantes. These are things that happen.
“I am someone who knows how to make sense of things. It is in the head as it [the game] is played, I would be lying to say that I was not a little touched.
“But I bounced back [learned that phrase at Arsenal, you know] and the best answer is the ground.
“I think the whole of France is behind us.”
He was also asked, given his good run of form, if he could beat Michel Platini’s Euro record of nine of France’s 14 goals in five games in 1984, “It’s going to be complicated, but I’ll try to score maximum goals to help the team achieve our goal.”
France kick-off the Euros on Friday evening against Romania.