France boss hails impact of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

Didier Deschamps singled out Olivier Giroud for special praise following the Arsenal striker's impressive form for France

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

Didier Deschamps singled out Olivier Giroud for special praise following the Arsenal striker’s impressive form for France in recent games.

Giroud scored twice in the 6-0 rout of Australia on Friday and also featured in the 3-0 win over Finland on Tuesday night as France sealed a World Cup play-off spot.

And Les Bleus boss Deschamps has been pleased with the Gunners forward’s form in recent months.

“There was good teamwork in our attack,” Deschamps said after Tuesday’s win.

“Olivier Giroud had an important impact, a good presence, and he scored even the second goal even if he had been helped by the defender.

“Olivier is valuable when he works like that.”

Giroud himself was pleased with France’s victory – as well as their overall qualification campaign as they await Monday’s play-off draw.

“We are happy,” said Giroud, who has scored five goals for Arsenal so far this season.

“We didn’t concede, we scored three and we created chances with exciting play. We’re in good shape.

“You must not forget that it is Spain who finished above us – we still had a good campaign. We have great hope going forward.”

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