Olivier Giroud: Yes, I'd work in the fashion industry after I finish playing

Arsenal star Olivier Giroud confesses an idea for a potential career avenue after his footballing days are done.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has had a mixed year on a personal and professional level, but off the pitch - his looks remain intact.

The Frenchman was invited to pose as a cover model for French magazine Sport & Style, an offshoot of L'Equipe, for their April issue.

And the 27-year-old is already contemplating his next step, asked by the magazine if he would consider becoming a full-time fashion model once his career is over.

He said: "I do not know what the future holds me, but I must think about it. The average career of a footballer is seven more years. I already have the time, but it happens very quickly. I would not be against working in fashion, but I do not know in what form.

"It's a job: to be there for hours, smiling artificially ok. I was told that I'm pretty photogenic, so I gladly accept the shootings of this type. I love fashion, but I'm not obsessed with it.

"I want that people see me as I really am. I have the weakness to think I'm stylish.

"I love taking care of my body and my physical appearance. I do not worry too much, just enough. I try to stay as I am forever."

The striker has been under the lens in recent weeks for his mixed performances on the pitch, failing to step up against the tougher opponents.

Giroud will have to show he has a snarl to counter his smile when he takes on Everton at Goodison at the weekend, and demonstrate why he has plenty of time at The Emirates left in him yet.

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