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France Fans Unhappy With Arsenal Striker Olivier Giroud

It has been reported that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was booed by French fans due to an mediocre performance in the 2-1 friendly win over Serbia on Monday.

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The 28-year-old missed a number of chances in the first-half and was jeered and booed by fans as he went off during the second half when he was replaced by Karim Benzema.

However national coach Didier Deschamps refused to be critical of Giroud following the game.

“He also helped during the game,” said the France boss.

“He got unlucky on a few chances because the goalkeeper made a great save. He got three clear opportunities.

“One was not on target, a header close from the goal-frame. Obviously if he had been more efficient the score would have been much higher.

“In his role he made a lot of effort. I always leave a lot of freedom to the three offensive players so he also had to counterbalance.

“Obviously he knows about it. He’s the first to be sad about his lack of efficiency.

“But it happens sometimes. If it’s not Olivier, it might be Karim [Benzema]. The performance of the entire team remains of a great level.”

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