Olivier Giroud says he’s determined to be a hat-trick hero having bagged braces on four occasions since moving to North London. Although he didn’t mention it specifically, we also like to think he’d like to kiss away the pain. And would stand by us forever.
The French international bagged his latest double against Brighton on Saturday but was again denied the match ball having come similarly close to the feat against West Ham, Newcastle and Fulham.
“I was not so far from the hat-trick again,” said Giroud after the 3-2 victory which sets up a 5th round clash with Blackburn Rovers.
“I want to continue to work hard, to succeed and get my first hat-trick soon.”
Paying lip service to the work he has put in on the training ground while talking about his latest strikers, the hitman continued:
“[For the first goal] Lukas gave me [the ball] in the right position and I just tried to hit the target and not to shoot too strongly. I liked it. I’ve tried to work on it in training.
“I liked the second one because I made a good run and Abou gave me a wonderful assist. I did not have a lot of time to finish, and I finished very well.”
Obviously impressed with the way Giroud has improved on his understated start to the season, the boss, who prior to the game had compared his summer signing with legend Alan Smith, again highlighted the 26-year-old’s physical qualities.
“He [Giroud] started a bit sloppy and became stronger and stronger. He finished the second half [in a] very, very good [way]. When he gets into the fighting mode it is difficult to handle him. This guy is tall, strong and quicker than people think he is. He has good finishing as well.
“He could have played in England 20 years ago, 10 years ago and today. He is all you need to play as a centre forward; a physical presence.
“He gives us something different. I believe with him and Theo we have a good blend. Without him today it would have been difficult.
“I knew before the game [it would be a test of character]. But we responded well I must say, especially in the second half.”
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