Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed his biggest fear – it’s not the bench, it’s not a scrutinising media or a demanding fan-base but rather ALF, an alien from the planet Melmac and star of the popular 1980s science fiction sitcom ALF.
Versatile forward Giroud, 30, has just started his fifth season at the Emirates Stadium and it may well be his most testing as, after four years in Arsene Wenger’s first team, he now finds himself as a bit-part player and has no guarantees of a starting role.
Giroud may have reason to be aggrieved. After all, he does have 85 competitive goals for the Gunners in just 194 appearances in all competitions.
He is a regular France international, a UEFA European Championship finalist and has scored six goals for Les Bleus in 2016 alone, two of which were at the Euro 2016 tournament earlier this summer.
Regardless, he has never really won over the Arsenal fans or the British media but this is not the source of his biggest fear.
No… the pitch veteran has confirmed that his biggest dread in life is none other than ALF. Yes, ALF.
“This is so funny,” said Giroud in the official Arsenal programme for the Arsenal versus Tottenham Hotspur match on Sunday, November 6. “My brothers are older than me… I was the youngest and they used to tease me about a kids TV character called ALF.”
Giroud continued: “Do you know him? ALF the Alien. My God. He was so ugly and I was so scared of him.
“My brothers used to say, ‘Be careful, ALF is going to get you tonight!’ They went too far with it!”