The Gunners striker came in for criticism for his below-par display against the Ligue 1 side as the visitors secured a comprehensive victory to leave Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals in tatters.
Giroud missed a glorious opportunity to pull a goal back for Arsenal with the score at 2-0 in the second half and was substituted on the hour-mark after an underwhelming showing.
And speaking in the build-up to Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Everton at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Giroud acknowledged that it was a difficult night for him against the French side.
Giroud told Arsenal Player: “I am not a better or worse player than three days ago, it is just about confidence and keeping [strong].
“I am really hurting, more than disappointed, it has been embarrassing for me. But I have never given up in my career and sometimes I have had tough games like that before.
“It was difficult because nothing went right, everything was tough for me. I tried to keep focused but I understood why the boss wanted to substitute me. It was not my day.
“When you are a striker people expect more from you. I did well recently and scored a lot of goals, but when you miss chances it is like that – you have to question yourself. I will keep working hard and bounce back as soon as possible.”
The 28-year-old forward has scored eight goals and made two assists for Arsenal in the Premier League so far this season.
Arsenal are currently in third place in the Premier League table.
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