French international boss speaks out on Giroud affair

Arsenal striker receives backing from Didier Deschamps.

Every Sunday has been grim for Olivier Giroud over the past month, for he has had to endure more revelations about his private life being steadily revealed by the tabloids.

More came out this past weekend, building an image of a striker who has been distracted - at a time when Arsenal need him to be focused and on the top of his game.

They aren't the only ones. France want him on top form too - but he has lost the edge in the race to lead the line for Les Bleus surely to the recent prolific form of Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.

France manager Didier Deschamps was quizzed on the striker's extra-marital activities in his pre-match press conference, and said it would not deter him from selecting him to represent his country.

"Giroud is here. With what he had to endure with his private life, it is not pleasant.

"It's not for me to disturb. That does not stop him when he played with his club to be effective and score goals."

Arsenal fans may have a mixed view on that, but to be fair the Frenchman has remained similar over the past month to his form earlier in the season.

He netted two against Sunderland and scored against Southampton a month earlier, but it has been the high profile games versus Manchester United and Liverpool where he struggled, and last weekend at Stoke.

Yet these sort of 'big games' were ones in which Giroud generally failed to score anyway, perhaps illustrating why his international record reads just five goals in 26 appearances.

He was replaced by Yaya Sanogo in the starting line-up against Bayern Munich last month, who is part of the French under-21 squad this week.

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