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EXCLUSIVE: 'I always bounce back!': Super striker Olivier Giroud is proud of a career spent proving people wrong - and opens up on France 'injustice', his time at Arsenal and Chelsea and AC Milan's 'weight of history'

The centre forward who refuses to go quietly appears on a Zoom call from Milan at 9am sharp. It’s unusual. Footballers are never on time.

‘I am a striker,’ laughs Olivier Giroud. ‘I am paid to be in the right place at the right moment.’

His career statistics tell us the 35-year-old has been good at it. More than a goal every two Premier League starts for Arsenal and Chelsea. Forty-six goals for France. Four FA Cups, a Champions League, a Europa League, a Ligue 1 title. A World Cup!