Olivier Giroud reveals Mesut Ozil used to make him jealous during Arsenal training by gloating about being a world champion

  • Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil spent four-and-a-half years together at Arsenal
  • Ozil played a key role as Germany won the 2014 World Cup during that time
  • The playmaker used to remind his Gunners team-mates on regular occasions  
  • Giroud started as France beat Croatia to win the 2018 World Cup on Sunday  

Olivier Giroud has revealed that Mesut Ozil used to wind him up in Arsenal training by jokingly boasting about being a world champion.

The pair spent over four years together at the Emirates Stadium before Giroud departed for Chelsea in January, Ozil winning the World Cup with Germany during that time.

The playmaker may have had a miserable time in Russia this time around but it was a whole different story in 2014, where he played a key role as Germany lifted football’s biggest prize in Brazil.

Olivier Giroud (left) has revealed how Mesut Ozil used to wind him up during Arsenal training

Olivier Giroud (left) has revealed how Mesut Ozil used to wind him up during Arsenal training

Ozil (right) used to constantly remind Giroud and his team-mates he was a world champion

Ozil (right) used to constantly remind Giroud and his team-mates he was a world champion

And Giroud has spoken of how Ozil was always quick to remind his Gunners team-mates of this success whenever things did not quite go his way on the training ground.  

‘I evolved with Germans at Arsenal and I was so jealous of them,’ said the Blues striker, who started for France as they beat Croatia to win the World Cup in Moscow on Sunday.

‘Sometimes, in the morning, Mesut Ozil lost in training but he said “Shh, Shh, I’m world champion.”‘

Ozil celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Ozil celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Giroud started six of France’s seven games at the 2018 World Cup but failed to get on the scoresheet. However, the forward still believes he played a big part in his team’s triumph.

‘As an attacker, my job is to put it in the back of the net,’ he acknowledged to BFM TV

‘It is true that against Belgium, I was unrealistic, but I worked a lot for the team. Just trying to make an impact. 

‘I scored a lot before the World Cup, I do not want to stop there, the most important thing is to be decisive. I have been in several matches.’ 

Giroud celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2018 World Cup in Moscow on Sunday

Giroud celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2018 World Cup in Moscow on Sunday

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