Arsene Wenger has backed his former number nine after Graeme Souness had a dig at his ‘lucky’ career last night.
After scoring against Australia in France’s opening game, he equalled Thierry Henry’s record as the country’s all-time top scorer. However, this didn’t impress Souness who singled out Giroud last night.
I’m not his biggest fan” Souness said.
“I would say his record is there for one reason: Benzema being out for such a long time because of all the controversy he’s involved with. Benzema, the current Ballon d’Or holder, will be missed in this French team this competition. Benzema is completely on another level.”
When asked by French TV channel TF1, Wenger praised his former players career.
Arsène Wenger on Olivier Giroud:
“We must kneel before the career that he has had. Absolutely nothing was given to him.” (TF1)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) November 27, 2022
Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier a decade ago in 2012 and scored 105 goals in 253 appearances for the Gunners. He made the short trip across London to Stamford Bridge in 2018 after Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang forced him out of the side.
He will most certainly break the all-time record. It’s a matter of when not if.