Olivier Giroud says overtaking Thierry Henry’s France goal record at World Cup will be a ‘bonus’ – but ex-Arsenal star insists priority is helping Les Bleus go ‘as far as possible’

    Olivier Giroud says he ‘will do his best’ to surpass iconic ex-France striker Thierry Henry’s goal record at the 2022 World Cup.

    But the former Arsenal star insists his focus is on helping the holders go as ‘far as they can’ in Qatar as they look to retain their world crown.

    Giroud says he’s ready to embrace every moment of this winter’s tournament

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    Giroud says he’s ready to embrace every moment of this winter’s tournament

    And says he’s also keeping an eye on beating Henry’s goalscoring record the Les Bleus star set between 1998 and 2009

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    And says he’s also keeping an eye on beating Henry’s goalscoring record the Les Bleus star set between 1998 and 2009

    Arsenal legend Henry has sat at the top of the list of France’s highest scorers since 2009, with a total of 51 goals – three of them in the 1998 World Cup, which France won on home soil.

    Now, fellow former Gunners striker Giroud is hot on the now-retired French star’s tail, and looks set to at least equal his tally in Qatar, sitting just one goal off the record on 50 thanks to his strike against Australia.

    But while the Frenchman admitted beating the France legend is on his mind, he said helping his team is his main priority.

    “For me it’s kind of a blessing to have the opportunity to play for my country for the World Cup,” he said ahead of his side’s opening game against Australia.

    “I take it like a young player like it’s my first one because I want to enjoy every single moment.

    “Obviously I’ve got this target, this kind of bonus in my head to beat Titi, but the main target as a team is to go as far as we can in the competition.

    Giroud will be hoping to have a bigger impact on his country’s World Cup campaign this time

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    Giroud will be hoping to have a bigger impact on his country’s World Cup campaign this time

    “Then if I get the opportunity to get close to him, I will do my best for sure.”

    The 36-year-old made his debut for Les Bleus in 2011, and was part of the team that lifted the Jules Remit in Russia back in 2018.

    However, despite winning gold with his country, on a personal level Giroud had a tournament to forget, failing to register a single shot on target in 546 minutes at the competition.

    This time round, the Frenchman will be hoping to have more of an impact as he chases Henry’s record.

    Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann – who also made the cut for Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad – is not far behind Giroud, scoring 42 goals for his country.

    Les Bleus kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia in Group D on Tuesday 22nd November – live on talkSPORT.

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