Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has insisted that he is confident in his ability to overcome his current troubles after being booed by French supporters.
The Gunners striker was substituted during the 2-1 win over Serbia on Monday night, and was jeered as he made his way off the pitch to be replaced by Karim Benzema.
It isn’t the first time that he has experienced such a reaction, while he has struggled so far this season for Arsene Wenger’s side too having scored just one goal in five appearances.
However, both he and national team coach Didier Deschamps are confident that he has the strength in his mentality to overcome the issue.
“He was unlucky as well because the keeper made a superb save. He had three chances with one shot off target and a header that went wide,” Deschamps told reporters.
“Obviously if he was more efficient we would have been a lot further ahead but he put in a lot of effort.
“Olivier knows it — he’s the first to be sad about not being able to be effective but it happens.
“When it’s not Olivier, sometimes it could be Karim. But the collective effort was of very high quality.”
Having gone through similar dips in form over the years during his time in France as well as at the Emirates, Giroud reiterated that he will come through this time too.
“When you play as a striker you’re applauded when you score goals and when the opposite happens, people are unhappy,” he said.
“It won’t be the last time but I’ve already shown that I have the mental strength to come through it each time. I’m going to take refuge in my work and I’ll bounce back — I’m not worried.”