OLIVIER GIROUD believes his mental toughness has been key to him dealing with the pressure on him at Arsenal.

The Frenchman has endured a mixed season with the Gunners this season.

A broken leg kept him out for three months at the start of the campaign which kept him out until mid-November.

He returned to action with Arsene Wenger's side languishing in eighth place but he has since scored 13 goals in the league to fire them up to third.

Giroud has scored 12 goals since the turn of the year in all competitions, but received heavy criticism after missing a hatful of chances against Monaco in the Champions League last-16 first leg which ultimately led to Arsenal's elimination.

But Wenger maintained his trust in the striker who went on to find the net in six of his next seven games.

And Giroud thanked his manager for giving him the chance against Everton to immediately make up for his poor performance.

"I knew that almost all the eyes would be on me and my performance, so I tried to do my best and it was a better day for me," Giroud told Arsenal Player.

"I thank the boss for giving me the chance to answer. I am pleased with that reaction and I felt really relieved after the game because it had been a little weight on my shoulders.

"Nowadays you have to deal with that pressure. There is more media now, and social media as well - it is more than in the 1990s. But I like pressure and the boys do as well.

"I try to keep my distance from it in the good moments and the bad moments too. Everything is amplified when you play well and everything is amplified when you miss one game.

"Everything is questioned. It is part of a sportsman today and you have to deal with that."

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