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Olivier Giroud Or Anthony Martial? French Fans Have Their Say On National Team’s Forwards

NICE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 8: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) and Anthony Martial (Man Untied) of France in action during the international friendly match between France and Armenia at Allianz Riviera stadium on October 8, 2015 in Nice, France.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Man United’s Anthony Martial can both almost certainly expect to be part of the France setup at Euro 2016, but which of the two should be more in line for a starting berth?

French sports newspaper l’Équipe this week asked its readers to rank the forward options available to Didier Deschamps ahead of the European Championships on home soil this summer.

Among them on said poll, the usual suspects like Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann were joined by a new batch of stars such as Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman.

While Benzema and Giroud were the main strikers utilised by Deschamps in the World Cup in 2014, it seems that the fans want a change ahead of this year’s tournament.

With Benzema’s place in the squad in serious jeopardy due to the ongoing blackmail scandal involving national teammate Mathieu Valbuena (who himself polled in very low), the fans have decided that they would like to see Atlético Madrid’s Griezmann as their main striker.

They have also, very interestingly, indicated that they would like to see Anthony Martial used ahead of Olivier Giroud.

Martial has been one of the few bright spots in a relatively underwhelming season for Man United, and despite being just 20 years of age and yet to score for the national side in just six appearances, the voting French fans are apparently ready to place more of their trust in the ex-Monaco striker than in the dependable, if unspectacular, Arsenal forward.


Looking below the top three, Dimitri Payet’s brilliant form for West Ham this season has seen his popularity in his homeland skyrocket, and the odds of his inclusion have improved dramatically – as have those of Bayern Munich attacker Kingsley Coman, who has impressed on his loan spell from Juventus.

Boasting the right blend of top class experienced talent with frighteningly good younger stars, France are rightly seen as one of the favourites for this summer’s tournament.

Given their penchant for winning competitions at home (as was the case in 1984 and 1998) it would come as no surprise if this group of players were to be crowned European champions in July.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.