Olivier Giroud has slammed Arsenal’s Champions League performance against Monaco on Wednesday night as ‘embarrassing’, reports the Telegraph.
The French striker lasted just 60 minutes of the Gunners 3-1 defeat at the Emirates, missing three decent opportunities with the game at 1-0 – one of which saw him blaze over from six yards with the keeper on the floor.
Arsenal have a mountain to climb in the second leg if they are to qualify for the last 16 for the first time in five years, having conceded three away goals to the Ligue 1 side.
Their defensive performance has been widely criticised in the days that have followed, with Wenger describing some of the defending as ‘suicidal.’
And Giroud is the latest player to slam the performance ahead of the Gunners Premier League clash with Everton this afternoon.
The former Montpellier forward had been in decent form heading into the tie, but was substituted to loud cheers after a performance that saw him miss several golden opportunities – a fact Giroud says has left him hurting.
“I am really hurting, more than disappointed, it has been embarrassing for me,” he said. “But I have never given up in my career and sometimes I have had tough games like that before. I am not a better or worse player than three days ago, it is just about confidence and keeping [strong].
“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.”