Olivier Giroud says he’s happy to be judged on his all-round game and not just his goal-scoring record having earned plaudits for his delicate touches in the build-up to Jack Wilshere’s universally appreciated goal against Norwich.
A man well versed in pretty things, he uses a mirror after all, the French striker admitted he’s proud of his role in the flowing end-to-end move against the Canaries explaining that it’s his responsibility to be unselfishly help teammates.
“It is a great thing because the goal was shown all over the world – I am proud of it,” Giroud told Arsenal Player.
“It is a quality when you are a striker to not always be greedy and when you have a team-mate well placed on the pitch, in a good position, you have to assist him.
“Strikers are judged on their goals but we must also [provide] assists and that is what I try to do: help my team-mates.
“It is easy to play with people like Jack, Mesut, Santi or Tomas – all my offensive team-mates. We have good relationships on the pitch and when we play one-touch football like [against Norwich], it is a pleasure.
“We try to do it in every game, and when we succeed it is fantastic.”
Giroud now has four assists this season in the Premier League, one more than his entire total for last season, underlining quite how much he’s improved his play in and around the box.
“I think technically I had it before, maybe I progressed because we have worked on it a lot in training,” he reflected when asked why things have clicked this term.
“It is also [down to] confidence. I did well from the start of the season, I had good preparation with the team – instead of last season when I wasn’t here from the beginning – and I scored early in the pre-season games.
“I feel really confident, the boss made me feel good and that is why I feel good and try to improve every day. It is all about confidence I think.”