Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud says the disapproval and premature judgments he got from his manager at the start of his career motivated him to succeed as a footballer.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, the 27 year old revealed that while he was a teenager at French club Grenoble, his manager at the time, Thierry Goudet criticised his style of play and qualities.
Giroud has since gone on to have impressive spells at French clubs, Tours and Montpellier, before making the switch to the Emirates in June 2012 and the Frenchman says his successful career path was down to proving his critics wrong.
“It was a long time ago – I was really young, [around] 19. I was maybe not mature enough,” Giroud said.
“I grew up step by step and proved that I could score a lots of goals and did well. I improved myself and had the trust and confidence to continue.
“I succeeded in Ligue 1 and won the championship. Everything I did on the pitch is my answer for people who wanted to maybe blame me.
“I tried to do my job on the pitch and score goals. Never mind the people who did not believe in my qualities and my game. I don’t care about it now.”
The France International has always proven to be more clinical in his 2nd season in his previous clubs, and has continued that trend with Arsenal, bagging eight goals and four assists in his 16 appearances for the Gunners this term.