Arsenal striker unsurprised at being dropped, vows to return to scoring form

Olivier Giroud scored just his third goal since January in France's friendly victory over the Netherlands on Friday night.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that his form has not been good enough to justify him being handed a starting place for the club or the French national side but remained adamant that a return to form will come, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.

The 29-year-old scored just his third goal since mid-January as Didier Deschamps' French side beat the Netherlands 3-2 in Amsterdam on Friday night after the Gunners man was selected to start ahead of Manchester United's Anthony Martial and Tigres' striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Giroud has been struggling to reproduce the hot form he displayed in the autumn and Christmas period of the season, and has netted just twice at club level - a brace against Championship side Hull City in the FA Cup fifth-round replay - since 13 January.

That slump has seen him start just one Premier League fixture since Valentine's Day, and the man himself admitted he can see why Arsene Wenger has dropped him in favour of other forwards such as Danny Welbeck in recent weeks.

Giroud said, as quoted by the Standard: "When the coach calls on me, I try to be efficient, it’s good for the confidence.

"Since early 2016, I scored 5 goals for my club. The coach thinks this is not enough and it cost me my place, but I already knew that and I worked. It does not make me worry, it [scoring form] will come."

Despite his recent struggles, Giroud is actually only three goals away from recording his best-ever scoring season in England, having netted 20 times in 44 matches in all competitions for Arsenal so far this campaign.

The Frenchman's drought over the last two-and-a-half months has coincided almost directly with a slump in form for Arsenal which has seen the club go from competing on three fronts to staring down the barrel of a trophyless season.

The Gunners have won just six of their last 17 matches in all competitions and only three of their last 10 Premier League fixtures since 2 January, a run which has left them 11 points off the pace set by Leicester City at the top of the table.

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