Arsenal’s in-form Giroud happy to lead France’s attack
Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud believes his form at the Emirates this season has provided him with the “credibility” needed to enter the first-team of France national team. Giroud has netted four goals and provided two assists in the opening seven games of the Premier League. The striker’s impressive form has helped Arsenal acquire the top spot on the table.
Giroud is enjoying his life in London, but now he wants similar success at the national level as well. After winning the Ligue 1 title with Montpellier and finishing as the top goal scorer in the league, Giroud moved to Arsenal in 2012. The French striker had an unstable start to his career with Arsenal, but after becoming the top goal scorer in the offseason; Giroud has continued with his stunning form into the Premier League.
“When I played at Montpellier, I tip-toed in here, I was discovering it,” Giroud told reporters in a press conference at France’s training camp in the outskirts of Paris. “Now I'm progressing, I'm taking steps forward. I have a different credibility being a striker at Arsenal where I'm scoring goals and playing in the Champions League. It's an advantage.”
Giroud was second option when Didier Deschamps took over, but a dip in the form of Karim Benzema has seen Giroud being elevated to new responsibilities and honor. Giroud twice put his name on the board in a friendly drubbing of Australia. Now, Giroud is expected to be up against Finland in the final 2014 World Cup qualifier for France.
Giroud insists he wants a goof relationship with Benzema, but wants to supersede him in order to acquire more playing time for France. Benzema, who hasn’t scored for France in nearly 11 months was benched because of Giroud’s performance. Now, it appears as if Giroud will indeed replace the Real Madrid striker.
“I had underlined the fact that you don't ask for anything in the national side,” Giroud said. “You mustn't confuse that with ambition. I don't want to look like someone who's asking for things or who isn't happy. I thought that it was legitimate to say that I wanted to play more.
“With Karim, we haven't spoken about it, we don't need to. There's no problem with him, and I'm happy he scored. I like our relationship.”
Giroud also admitted that he hadn’t face difficulty in seeing France coach Didier Deschamps give Benzema a plethora of chances to prove his worth.
“I've been patient as I have been throughout my career. I'm proud of my behaviour, to have been patient,” Giroud said. “But I don't suffer all that badly either. It wasn't never-ending, and I understand that Karim had more of an opportunity than others. He's very talented, I have no problem with that.”