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Giroud - My target is to reach Papin

While Olivier Giroud’s brace against Luxembourg took France three points closer to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it also took the striker one step closer to his own national team target.

With 23 goals for Les Bleus, Giroud is now his country’s 10th-highest scorer of all time but he is not prepared to settle for that.

“It’s always nice to be the 10th player in France’s history to score [that many goals],” he told Arsenal Player. “I’ve scored 23 goals but I want to score more for my national team. I don’t want to stop there. It’s obviously a great feeling and hopefully some more will come.

“My target is to reach Jean-Pierre Papin. It will be an amazing achievement for me so that’s why I don’t want to stop. He scored very nice goals and was one of my favourite strikers when I was young. At the end of my career, if I can say that I scored as many goals as him, I will be very proud.

“I always try to give everything for my country and I’m very proud to play for France. I’ve shown that I’m strong enough mentally to face the criticism and like [Didier Deschamps] said, you have to deal with that.

“You’re always the first person people point to if the team don’t score, but the thing is that I score and I’m doing well with the team. We have a good generation and I think we have a few very good young players who will be very important for France in the future, so we are confident for the rest of the World Cup qualifiers. We want to win it.”

Goal of the month

Giroud wins our Goal of the Month vote

It will come as no surprise to learn that Olivier Giroud's spectacular winner against Red Star Belgrade has been named as our October Goal of the Month.

The France international combined brilliantly with Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcvott before hooking the ball into the far corner to seal the three points in Serbia.

Alexis' fine solo goal against Everton finished in second place, with Mesut Ozil's header in the same game in third.

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Giroud scores as France beat Wales in friendly

Olivier Giroud scores for France

We had six players in international action on Friday night.

Alex Iwobi’s Nigeria travelled to Algeria in World Cup qualifying, while Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette faced Aaron Ramsey’s Wales in Saint-Denis. Mesut Ozil also featured in Germany’s friendly against England at Wembley.

Scroll down to find out how they got on:

Olivier Giroud scored and Laurent Koscielny kept a clean sheet in France’s 2-0 friendly win over Wales. Antoine Griezmann put Les Bleus ahead after volleying Corentin Tolisso’s through ball beyond Wayne Hennessey, and Giroud secured the win after half-time, firing Kylian Mbappe’s pass into the bottom corner from inside the box. Alexandre Lacazette then replaced Giroud for the final 17 minutes, with Aaron Ramsey completing 90 minutes for Wales.

Olivier Giroud scores against Wales

Alex Iwobi played 81 minutes of Nigeria’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Algeria before being replaced by Ahmed Musa. John Ogu gave the Super Eagles the lead on the hour mark, but Yacine Brahimi struck from the spot with two minutes remaining to salvage a valuable point for Algeria.

Alex Iwobi in action for Nigeria

And finally, Mesut Ozil played the entirety of Germany’s goalless draw with England. Jordan Pickford saved twice from Timo Werner and Phil Jones blocked on the line from Leroy Sane as Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions clung onto a draw at Wembley.

Mesut Ozil

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Can you answer these 10 tough questions on Giroud?

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud has become one of our most reliable marksmen since arriving in north London back in 2012.

The France striker has scored countless important goals for us, with some unforgettable finishes in his scrapbook too.

But how well do you know Giroud? Find out by taking our quiz: