France international Olivier Giroud has stated that he is enjoying his football right now after managing to open his account for the French national team at a World Cup. Previously, he has now scored in a major tournament. Coming on the back of a successful season with Arsenal, confidence is running high within the 27-year-old. Even though he is regarded as the backup for Karim Benzema at international level, Giroud managed to get his World Cup account going after scoring against Switzerland in the 5-2 win for Didier Deschamps’ men.
France started the World Cup in excellent fashion and they have continued their form against Switzerland as well. The margin of victory could have been immense had it not been for the late goals conceded by the French. Giroud scored 16 league goals last campaign and was a major reason towards Arsenal challenging for the league title in the first half of the campaign. Similarly, he was a major reason for Arsenal slipping down the second half because he was visibly tired after having shouldered the entire striker department on his shoulders.
Arsenal are expected to ease his burden by bringing in a new striker like Mario Balotelli, who has been linked with the Premier league outfit in the last few weeks. The Italian international could cost just over £ 25 million from AC Milan. “I’m very proud to have scored France’s 100th goal in a World Cup. At the start of La Marseillaise (France’s national anthem) I nearly collapsed. The emotion was too strong. It was like a childhood dream. We need this to never stop. We are happy, we took great pleasure from the game against Switzerland. I felt the group was very committed. We are a good team,” said the striker.
Benzema has scored three goals for France at the World Cup 2014.