Arsenal striker Giroud: Public support is 'heart-warming'

Olivier Giroud has been speaking about the surprisingly positive greeting the French team received upon their return from a crushing 2-0 defeat in Ukraine.

It was certainly a night to forget for England football fans last night, but it could have been worse - you could be French.

Last night saw Les Bleus humbled in Kiev as their favourites tag was thrown out the window by an under-rated Ukrainian side.

Goals from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko were enough to put the game beyond the French - as Didier Deschamps watched his team, in particular Arsenal defender, implode under pressure.

The Gunner had a dismal evening - receiving a red card and a 2/10 for his penalty-awarding performance, and indeed the majority of the blame has been laid firmly at his door.

But in general, and rather unexpectedly from the typically brash French football public, they have been received warmly upon their return to France.

They have been cheered on, rather than booed by their usually vociferously fickle fanbase - at a time when they clearly realise they need all the support they can get.

Another Arsenal player who featured in the game was Olivier Giroud.

The striker had a tough game, up against a talented Ukrainian defence and he made way for Karim Benzema in the second half.

Luckily for him the Real Madrid striker barely touched the ball after entering the fray - so his place in the team for the second leg seems to be assured.

But Giroud has now spoken about the defeat, but rather than reflecting on the loss he has instead chose to focus on the positive atmosphere ahead of the next game - insisting France can overturn the deficit with the French fans support:

‘’It's nice to have the support of the public, we have been applauded and see that the fans are present; it is heart-warming. We will need all the support required to qualify Tuesday. We must forge ahead after the defeat, and must not be eliminated. It is believed to Tuesday. If this were not the case we would not return to play this game. "

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