The Arsenal striker admits that he is hurt by his part in Tuesday’s shock Champions League defeat but vows to bounce back against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admits that he is embarrassed by his performance against Monaco as the Gunners slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.
The France international missed several clear chances before being hauled off by manager Arsene Wenger on the hour mark.
Arsenal now face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages and Giroud concedes that the defeat was a painful one.
“I am not a better or worse player than three days ago; it is just about confidence and keeping [strong],” he told the Gunners’ official website.
“I am really hurting, more than disappointed. It has been embarrassing for me but I have never given up in my career and sometimes I have had tough games like that before.
“It was difficult because nothing went right; everything was tough for me. I tried to keep focused but I understood why the boss wanted to substitute me. It was not my day.”
Giroud had been in good form going into the game, having scored three goals in his previous two games, but vows to bounce back against Everton on Sunday.
“When you are a striker, people expect more from you,” he added. “I did well recently and scored a lot of goals but, when you miss chances, it is like that – you have to question yourself.
“I will keep working hard and bounce back as soon as possible.”