Cape Town - Olivier Giroud says that he has never once doubted himself, even during the difficult periods in his career.
On Saturday, Arsenal cemented third position on the log as Giroud's ferocious strike inspired a 3-0 rout of West Ham.
The France striker had a more frustrating night than most in the Champions League first-leg defeat against Monaco but has scored in every game he has started since.
Now Giroud is hoping to take his goal-scoring form into Tuesday’s second-leg clash at Stade Louis II.
“Football is a sport where you need to have a strong mentality because you have to face some difficulties,” the striker said.
“Even when you play well and score a lot of goals, if you miss some [chances in a] game, everything is forgotten. You have to have a conscience about it and be aware.
“I know when I play well or not. I know how to bounce back. I used to say that football is an everlasting new beginning. You have to be aware of that and do it.
“I try to bounce back as quick as I can and it’s true the boss gave me a chance to do it against Everton. I tried to do it straight away. If you let the doubts enter your head it’s even more difficult to cope.
“There are always tough moments like that because we do a hard job. You have to question yourself every week and bounce back. I try to show my answer on the pitch with my mentality. It was nice to do it.”