Olivier Giroud may have been the very late thorn in the Spanish side this week, but his Arsenal teammate Mikel Arteta is happy for the Frenchman.
Speaking to RMC, Arteta could see the benefits of the goal from an Arsenal point of view.
“I’m happy for him,” he said. “It was a bit hard at first because he had pressure and had to come after van Persie ; it wasn’t easy.
“He always works very hard and has a very good attitude. I’m very happy, last week he already scored for us and now he scored for France. He’ll be even more confident now. That is a good thing for the team.”
Giroud also spoke of his delight with a goal that might have silenced some of his critics on the far side of the English channel and one can only hope it serves to kick him on and boost his confidence further as real football begins again.
Arteta was also asked about his absence from the Spanish squad at a time when he’s in the form of his life, but the lego-haired hunk was pretty sanguine about the whole thing.
“Because the others are better than me!” he said. “I didn’t have the chance to come from the same generation as them, for me, It’s really the most successful one. We never had such good Spanish midfielders.
“I understand that for me it’s very difficult to have a go in this team, they are all great players who play in very strong European teams.”
Whether he gets the recognition from his national side of not, we still love him. And we’re all that counts.
Thanks to @grooverblog for the translation