Arsenal striker Giroud admits chasing down Papin record

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admits he’s chasing down a French scoring record.

Giroud says he is targeting Jean-Pierre Papin’s goal record for France.

“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.”


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