Striker Olivier Giroud expects important France goal to aid his efforts at Arsenal

Olivier Giroud: Has been among the goals for club and country in recent weeks

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Olivier Giroud believes a crucial strike for France will help his efforts at Arsenal, with his confidence having been restored.

Arsenal dug deep to lure Giroud away from reigning Ligue 1 champions Montpellier over the summer, with Arsene Wenger of the opinion that he has all the attributes required to be a success in England.

It has taken the 26-year-old time to settle in North London, but he opened his Premier League goal account against West Ham United prior to the international break.

He added to that strike while donning the colours of his country on Tuesday, and Giroud claims helping France to a 1-1 draw with world champions Spain has offered him a timely boost ahead of his return to domestic action.

"That goal is definitely one of my top five," Giroud told L'Equipe.

"It has also come at a time when I am looking for trust.

"After the West Ham game I felt a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I am convinced this last goal will also do me a lot of good."

Giroud may be about to turn his attention back to club duties, but he has taken the opportunity to aim an international parting shot at France's critics.

He said: "We have silenced some of our doubters. It is only one match and we mustn't get carried away, but it is always nice to offer a response on the pitch.

"We kept faith right until the end. We showed solidarity and were rewarded for that. We played the complete match and we got a point.

"Spain remain favourites to win the group, but why can't we challenge them? There is still a long way to go."