Olivier Giroud has admitted he was disappointed to left out of the starting side for the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa, but says he understood why it happened and the most important thing was that the team lifted the trophy.
The striker was speaking at a press conference for the French national side ahead of their games against Belgium and Algeria, and he said he thought Theo Walcott might get the nod for his performance against West Brom, but stressed his personal feelings were secondary to the needs of the team.
Thanks to Reddit user Weale for translating, he was asked about being left out of Arsene Wenger’s initial XI.
“I have to weigh my words,” he said. “If I say that I was disappointed I’ll get criticized [smiles]. There was some disappointment, but the coach came to see me before the game and told me something that made me happy: ‘I’m not forgetting what you’ve done for the team’.
“I cut him off immediately and said ‘What matters is that we win this cup.’ It’s the truth.
“Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick the game before against West Brom and I’m not a fool, I knew it could happen.
“I just had to come in and give 200% for the team and it’s true that my goal made me happy.”
He was also quizzed on the recent comments by Thierry Henry on which the club’s record goalscorer has backtracked a little.
“It’s part of the game, I’ll never win unanimous support,” he said. “Apparently Titi corrected himself recently, he said that he was thinking about the concurrence, that he wanted Arsenal to have many strikers who can score.
“He was a little abrupt at the time, and it’s true that I was annoyed but I let that behind me after a conversation with the coach.
“Anyway we can only answer on the pitch and that’s also why the Cup was important. I’m not really angry at him, we’ll talk about that together. It’s true that I found it surprising but that’s just football.”
All in all good stuff from Giroud. Let’s hope he comes back from his summer break ready for a title campaign in which he’ll play a part.
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