Date: 23rd June 2014 at 1:01pm
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed a conversation with Arsene Wenger in which his club manager advised him to be more ‘sly’ in terms of his movement. Giroud is currently on international duty at the World Cup in Brazil, and scored one and assisted one in France’s 5-2 demolition of Switzerland on Friday.

Giroud told French newspaper L’Equipe, ‘I have to do better in the big games and I`m working on it. I still think about those misses against Chelsea.

“I often look back at my mistakes with Arsene Wenger. He says I have to improve my finishing and my movement. He wants me to make smarter runs.

“One day Wenger told me I`m too honest in my running, too predictable. I need to be more sly, tricky. I`m getting there.”

Giroud also expressed his delight at making a goalscoring mark on a World Cup, ‘It represents the aggregate of a whole career and it`s great to feel that fulfilment and to have played an active role in the result. I wasn`t aware that it was France`s 100th World Cup goal -I only found out after the match.

‘The course of my career has been atypical, just like Franck RibĂ©ry, Mathieu Valbuena and Laurent Koscielny. When I was 17, success in my career was far from a foregone conclusion. I`ve come a very long way to get here.”

One Arsenal player who won’t get the chance to make his mark on this summer’s World Cup is Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, whose knee injury won’t be risked in England’s dead rubber tie against Costa Rica. Thomas Vermaelen’s tournament may well be over too as he exited Belgium’s 1-0 win over Russia with a hamstring injury.

Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere will all join the club’s pre season tour in America with their nations eliminated at the group stage.