‘I am hurting but I'll stay strong’

Olivier Giroud admits he is still “hurting” after Arsenal’s Champions League defeat to Monaco - but is confident he will bounce back quickly.

The France international endured a tough night when Gunners were beaten 3-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Emirates Stadium.

While he was disappointed with the performance, Giroud insists both he and the team will come back strongly.

“I am not a better or worse player than three days ago, it is just about confidence and keeping [strong],” he told Arsenal Player.

“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.

“When you are a striker people expect more from you. 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.”

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