Hazard can’t explain loss of form
club and country this season, and has 12 goals in his last 14 Premier League starts.
In contrast, Giroud scored three goals in 11 appearances for Arsenal so far, drawing criticism for his inconsistent displays and lack of killer instinct in front of goal.
“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change,” Giroud told reporters.
“Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. It is something new for me.
“I was in (Walcott’s) place in previous seasons at Arsenal. I imagine what he must have been thinking. But I feel that the coach believes in me,” the 29-year-old French striker added.
Giroud is not worried over his lack of playing time and is confident he will pounce on any opportunity to win back his place in the starting line-up.
“It has been for several matches now that I have played less, that is for sure, but I do not need to be worried. I need a bit more game time but also to believe more in my abilities,” Giroud said.
Arsenal, who are second in the league table after eight games, travel to face promoted side Watford on Saturday.
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Oct 19: Swansea v Stoke. — AFP LONDON — Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (pictured) cannot explain why he is struggling for his club this season and said manager Jose Mourinho has been right to drop him from the starting line-up as he is in the “worst form of his life”.
The Belgian was the Premier League’s best player last season as Chelsea cruised to the title, but paid the price for his stunning fall from grace this term when Mourinho dropped him from the starting line-up for the Champions League defeat by Porto on September 29.
Hazard has no goals and just two assists in 11 appearances for the club this season, a slump that has contributed to Chelsea’s slide down the table, where they currently sit in 16th place.
“This is the first time in my career that I have had a difficult spell like this,” Hazard was quoted as saying by the British and Belgian media.
“I can’t really explain it. All I know is that I will need to work hard in order to bounce back. At Chelsea we have concerns both as a team and individually,” the 24-year-old winger added.
Hazard admitted his poor performances meant he was no longer “untouchable” as one of the first names on Mourinho’s team sheet, but praised the Portuguese and backed himself to bounce back when the league resumes on Oct. 17 after the international break.
“I was left on the bench against Porto in the Champions League, and I am no longer immune to being left out.
“You can be untouchable when you play well, and that has not been the case with me,” Hazard said.
“I think the manager wanted to send me a message by making me a sub. I don’t read everything he says, but he explains everything.
“I am not too worried for him - Mourinho is the best coach in the world when it comes to dealing with pressure. I am an optimist, and I know I can learn a lot from tough spells.
“I hope to come back stronger, and I am ready to play and do my best,” he added.