French press call for Arsenal striker to be given a chance

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could be in line for a France start on Sunday.

French publication BeIN Sport has called for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to be handed an opportunity to star for the national team when Denmark visit Saint-Etienne’s Stade Geoffrey-Guichard on Sunday.

The Gunners ace was restricted to just a place on the substitutes’ bench during Thursday’s 3-1 defeat to Brazil as strikers Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann were instead chosen to lead the line.

The La Liga duo were deservedly selected following their respective fine form in Spain’s top flight this season - but what about former Montpellier striker Giroud?

The 29-year-old has also been in fabulous form this campaign in North London, scoring 13 goals in just 14 starts and holding the best goals-per-game ratio in England.

Aside from his goals, his inclusion in Arsene Wenger’s side has coincided with the club’s excellent 2015 form and the team undoubtedly function better with the striker leading the line.

While the same can yet to be said about the French national team, Giroud has yet to be given a fair crack of the whip and following Thursday’s debacle, calls for his inclusion have begun with the media circle.

“With the friendly match against Denmark on Sunday looming, In Giroud, France have a player who is the most efficient in the Premier League,” BeIN Sports say.

“Giroud is still struggling to convince Deschamps and fellow striker Benzema is probably Real Madrid’s best player this season, but his performances in a Blue shirt don’t make it essential that he starts.

“For his part, the Arsenal striker has probably never felt so good and in such form it would be a shame if his services aren’t used more ahead of Euro 2016.”

Giroud made his international debut in 2011 and has gone on to represent Les Bleus a total of 35 times, scoring nine goals – one of those being his nation’s 100th World Cup strike.

Quite unlike a number of other strikers, the Gunners ace is seemingly improving as he enters his latter footballing years and he could still yet make big strides in the upcoming international tournaments.

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