After playing a full game for France against Sweden on 11 November (2-1 France), Olivier Giroud appeared to backtrack over his recent comments regarding his future at Arsenal.
Recently, Olivier Giroud gave an interview with L’Equipe in which he claimed he wasn’t throwing his toys out of the pram but very much was.
He stated that he couldn’t put up with not being started anymore and that he would leave when his contract was up in 2018. The whole thing seemed like threat to Arsene Wenger, who hasn’t really had a choice considering Oli’s fitness and Alexis’ form.
“The manager has said that he admires my strength of character,” Oli said.
“I know that he supports me. But… this (lack of playing time) cannot go on for too long and cannot happen too often. It is beginning to wear off… Against Sunderland, I scored a brace on the first two balls that I touched. That does not happen to me everyday.
“I hoped to play against Tottenham because I was coming off the back of two good matches. I was a bit disappointed, but I am not the type of person to throw my toys out of the pram.”
However, now it seems as if the striker has backtracked.
Speaking to Sunday’s Téléfoot, the 30-year-old, who has been linked with AC Milan and Napoli after his rant in the French press, said that he’s not worried and claimed to even understand why Wenger was picking Alexis.
“I have no doubt about my future at Arsenal,” he claimed [via SoFoot].
“Each year there is competition. In all big clubs, there are a lot of forwards. Right now, the coach opted for the solution Sánchez pointed.Especially because I was injured. Now I hope to have time to play. We have different profiles. The coach makes his choices, but I intend to come back strong.”
Has Oli realised that he actually has a pretty good thing going at Arsenal and that if he just gets his head down, now that he’s fit, he could get some more starts.
Badmouthing your boss so publicly is never a wise move but when your boss is Arsene Wenger? Really bad idea.
Hopefully, the two have a talk about the future and their intentions, if they haven’t already, and put this nonsense to bed.
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