Arsenal's Bacary Sagna has spoken out amid the recent controversy surrounding his teammate.
While Arsene Wenger did not admit it, surely it's difficult to believe Olivier Giroud's personal problems had nothing to do with him being dropped against Bayern.
Of course his form had been poor the last fortnight, but it's easily argued this is linked into the distraction surrounding tabloid revelations regarding his private life.
Giroud has apologised to his team publicly for the stories, while also denying he committed adultery.
With the spotlight shining on the under-pressure striker, club and international teammate Bacary Sagna has spoken up for him.
He told the French media: "Of course, he admitted his faults. He is part of the team, he is among us.
"We know it is difficult for him at this time. He continues to work, he works more in training.
"He wants to do well and get back to his best. I do not think this story disturbs him.
"He wants to do well and show everyone that despite the mistake he made, he is ready to fight to help the team and the team of France also."
There is a big question now whether Arsene Wenger decides to select Giroud or the promising Yaya Sanogo against Sunderland, knowing they cannot afford a slip up. If he continues to work hard in training and win the support of his teammates and manager with a renewed focus, he has a great chance.
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