By Amir Mir
Olivier Giroud has revealed he was annoyed by the jeers aimed at him during France’s Euro 2016 campaign and doesn’t understand the “hatred” against him.
Giroud scored three times for France in the lead-up to the final, where they were beaten 1-0 by surprise winners Portugal.
However, Giroud was still booed by some sections of the France support, frustrated at the exclusion of Karim Benzema from Didier Deschamps’ squad.
“I immediately realised that the people who booed me were not anti-Giroud, but pro-Benzema,” Giroud told Le Parisien, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“It could not be otherwise. I came from a great season with Arsenal. It was just disappointing. It annoyed me.
“I was not even remotely responsible for this story and I did not understand the kind of hatred that developed against me.”
Benzema was suspended by the French Football Federation (FFF) after he was placed under investigation for allegedly blackmailing international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.
The president of the FFF Noel Le Graet has suggested that the Real Madrid striker could be offered a route back to the national team once legal proceedings have concluded.
Olivier Giroud scored 16 goals in 38 games in the 2015/16 Premier League, but will have support this year after Arsene Wenger signed Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.
In other Arsenal team news, the club’s loanee believes he should have had more game time at the Emirates.