Angry Olivier Giroud slams France boo boys after “great season” with Arsenal [Le Parisien]

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud bemused by hatred

Often booed by vast numbers of French fans this summer, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has hit out at the boo boys whilst away on international duty with his country.

Some Gooners may disagree but Olivier Giroud claimed he had a “great season with Arsenal” and his critics were people who wanted to see Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema leading the line instead.

The 29-year-old frontman scored 16 Premier League goals last season and scored three times for France at Euro 2016 in Karim Benzema’s absence.

Giroud on the boo boys

“I immediately realised that the people who booed me were not anti-Giroud, but pro-Benzema,” Giroud told French newspaper Le Parisien.

“It could not be otherwise. I came from a great season with Arsenal. It was just disappointing.”

Asked if he felt some resentment for being a “collateral victim” of Benzema’s circumstances, Giroud added: “Yes, it annoyed me.

“I was not even remotely responsible for this story and I did not understand the kind of hatred that developed against me. The Benzema fans wanted a scapegoat and it fell on me.”