MX23RW : Thursday, May 13 02:07:27| >> :120:12549:12549:

Olivier Giroud: 'Theo Walcott saga hampered me'

Olivier Giroud admits that reports over Theo Walcott's wish to play up front hampered his performances for Arsenal.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that his performances were hindered by Theo Walcott's recent contract situation at the Emirates Stadium.

It had been claimed that Walcott was reluctant to commit his future to the Gunners without a guarantee that he would be used as a centre-forward.

That is something that the England international strongly denied upon signing a new contract with Arsenal. However, Frenchman Giroud has confessed that the saga caused him to have a dip in form.

"It's true. I had a bad run in front of goal, and there were all the discussions concerning the contract extension of Walcott, who wanted to play through the middle. It wasn't easy," he told L'Equipe.

"Then we played Newcastle with that 7-3 win. I came off the bench 15 minutes from time, scored twice and just missed out on a hat-trick. But it's better now."

Giroud joined Arsenal from Montpellier last summer.

ID:67991: cacheID:67991:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:1893:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Theo Walcott comes off injured
Read Next:
Barnes baffled by Walcott demands

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
CManchester CityMan City35255572264680
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd352010568383070
3Leicester CityLeicester362061065442166
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham351771155451058
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs351681161412056
10Leeds UnitedLeeds35155155353050
11Aston Villa34146144941848
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves35129143547-1245
13Crystal Palace35118163759-2241
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35109164058-1839
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton35813143641-537
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35511193268-3626
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3552281862-4417

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!