French forward Olivier Giroud has opened up on accusations of an extra-marital affair with his model girlfriend Celia Kay for the first time, in a quite emotional and philosophical manner saying “what doesn’t kill him, makes him stronger.”
The 27-year-old Arsenal striker added that most of the things said and written about his philander with the 26-year-old American model were true while “some were false”, he however, said that’s in the “past” now.
He also appreciates Wenger’s support during the “difficult period” of his carrier.
Giroud said: “There was some things which were true, some others were false. But that’s the past.
“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. I’m convinced that everything happened to me will make me stronger.
“That’s all I need to do: focus on the pitch with my club and take care of my family.
“It’s been a difficult period. You have to be strong in your head. I used football as an outlet. The contribution of the coach Arsene Wenger was very important. I could talk with him.
“Now I just want to forget about it, move on to something else and make a new start.”
Giroud, who’s legally married to Jennifer, has been the subject of allegations regarding his private life, which are said to have taken place whilst on club duty.
But Giroud denied taking Celia to the Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf the night before the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on February 2.
However, the model took a picture of Giroud in his hotel room wearing just underwear, emerging in a national newspaper and later being published by yours truly Allsoccerplanet.
Giroud, who scored twice in Arsenal’s 4-1 FA Cup win over Everton on Saturday, had earlier issued a grovelling apology to his club manager Arsene Wenger and wife over the issue.