Under-fire Arsenal star Olivier Giroud vows to 'bounce back' after Monaco horror show

The French striker had a poor game against the Ligue 1 side on Wednesday.

Arsenal were humbled in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Gunners lost 3-1 at home to AS Monaco, the team that every team wanted to face in the knockout stages of the competition.

Goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia, former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco left Arsenal facing a mountain to climb in the principality on March 17th - despite a cracking goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

One of the players who came in for plenty of criticism after the loss was Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman missed a host of chances for the home side, including an absolute sitter from close range.

Now he has spoken about that criticism to Arsenal.com.

He admitted that he is hurt but will 'bounce back' after a tough few days:

“I am really hurting, more than disappointed, it has been embarrassing for me. But I have never given up in my career and sometimes I have had tough games like that before.

“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.”

Giroud had been in good form before the Monaco game. He had scored three in two games, but never looked like scoring at The Emirates in midweek.

This weekend he faces Everton, a team he has scored against already this season, so he will be hoping for another boost against the Evertonians.

He also broke his leg in that game back in August, so hopefully not a complete repeat for the under-fire striker.

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