Olivier Giroud believes a spell on the sidelines has made him a better player than he was before, he told Arsenal Player.
Although the Frenchman performed well during the Euros, due to France’s progression to the Final, he returned late to Arsenal and subsequently suffered a toe injury. While Giroud was out, Alexis Sanchez was brought into the main striker role and was simply outstanding.
Recently, however, Giroud’s form – five goals in his last six games – has seen him return to the starting lineup. Giroud believes he has become a stronger player physically and mentally due to his break from the starting XI.
“I don’t know if I am a better striker, maybe I am. I’ve obviously improved myself since I signed for Arsenal, but I always try to be stronger [physically] and stronger in my head as well.”
“It’s never easy to be injured and as I told you, to watch the game in front when you are injured and you can’t play is frustrating. That’s why I was so happy to come back on the pitch after these injuries.”
“I’ve always tried to bring something to the team and I was very pleased to score important goals, especially in the final minutes.”
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