22-goal Arsenal star: Misses against Chelsea haunt me

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud admits he is still haunted by misses against Chelsea last season.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is enjoying his World Cup with France, but still bears the scars of last season's near-miss in the Premier League.

Despite finishing the season as an FA Cup winner, Giroud knows last season could have been so much better, and he knows he bears some of that responsibility himself.

He told L'Equipe: "I am working hard in front of goal post to try to sort out some details. I think about missed opportunities, notably against Chelsea. I have to be more decisive in the box."

Giroud played 90 minutes in both league games for Arsenal against Chelsea last season, a 0-0 draw and 6-0 away loss.

He had six shots on goal in those matches, with 50 per cent of them off target. He missed chances at crucial times in the encounters too, late on in the 0-0 draw at The Emirates, skewing his effort wide when through on goal, and likewise at Stamford Bridge, early on with the game goalless.

  MatchMatchdayGoalsTotal Scoring AttemptsShots on TargetMins
Olivier Giroud Chelsea vs Arsenal 31 0 4 2 90
Olivier Giroud Arsenal vs Chelsea 17 0 2 1 90

The fact the Frenchman still cares and is bothered by his misses is a positive for fans of his club, one his country are possibly benefiting from at present.

A talented striker is one thing for defences to deal with, but a talented striker who is motivated to prove a point is quite another, and Giroud has shown throughout his career and gradual climb to the top that he is a hard worker who is driven to improve.

With France already qualified for the knockout stages and Giroud impressing against Switzerland, he can expect to start the final group game against Ecuador and further solidify his claims to retain a place for the knockout stages.

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