Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud: I won’t use fatigue as an excuse

Olivier Giroud insists that he won't hide behind the excuse of fatigue if he struggles to continue his form at Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud arrived at Arsenal from Montpellier last summer Photo: Olivier Giroud/Facebook

Olivier Giroud insists that he won’t hide behind the excuse of fatigue if he struggles to continue his fine form in front of goal for Arsenal.

It has been feared that the Gunners’ over-reliance on the France international may cause the 27-year-old to burn out as the season progresses.

Giroud’s last goal came in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at the end of October.

But although the striker admits he was frustrated by his quiet performance against Manchester United on Sunday, he insists he is in good shape.

“I will not hide behind the excuse of fatigue. I play a lot, it’s true, but I’m not complaining,” Giroud, who has scored eight goals in all competitions and made four assists, told Le 10 Sport.

“Against Manchester United, it’s true, I lacked clarity. I took a lot of knocks and elbows in the face. I thought it was unfair.

“I am scoring less. The last goal dates back to 26 October [against Crystal Palace] – but it won’t last forever.”

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