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The Arsenal striker was booed by a number of his
own supporters as Les Bleus defeated Serbia 2-1
in an international friendly but he has responded to
the criticism.

France striker Olivier Giroud is confident he has the
mental strength to bounce back after being jeered
during his side's friendly win over Serbia on

The Arsenal man endured a tough outing in
Bordeaux before being substituted in the 62nd
minute, with France going on to win the game 2-1.
Giroud, whose Arsenal team host Stoke City in the
Premier League on Saturday, has accepted the
criticism, but is optimistic he can respond.

"As a striker, what you got used to on a daily basis,
it is to be applauded when you score goals. When
the opposite happens, it's difficult. Everybody gets
criticised at one point," he said.

"That's not the first and surely not the last time it
happens. I have the mental strength to bounce
back. Now I am going to focus on working. I am
everything but worried about that. I will bounce

A first-half brace from Blaise Matuidi helped Didier
Deschamps' men to victory at the Stade Atlantique
and Giroud admits that he failed to capitalise on his
own opportunities, though he was pleased with his
side's second straight victory.

"Tonight I wasn't very efficient. It is like it is. I
cannot focus too much on it. I have to think about
the victory of the team and the good form we are
currently experiencing," he said.

"We did well against Portugal and it is great to
confirm with a second victory for the confidence.
Everything was not perfect but we play well
especially during the first half.

"I am going first, to enjoy our victory and then
obviously I will have to correct a few things."

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