Olivier Giroud unquestionably had one of his worst games in an Arsenal shirt this past Wednesday, but Arsene Wenger insists that the blame cannot be placed solely on his shoulders.
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The Frenchman failed to score with any of his attempts against Monaco, despite a number of excellent chances.
You could tell it wasn’t his night when he scooped the ball over an unguarded net, and he was eventually substituted – seemingly much to his own relief as to everyone else’s.
The manager claims it was the team performance that let us down however, and defended his compatriot against the barrage of blame that has been thrown his way.
“Olivier is like everybody else – disappointed,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com.
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“There’s nobody to blame individually. Who is a striker who didn’t miss a chance?
“He had his chances and he missed. For us on the night, everything went against us. The fact that we missed some chances was only one of the characteristics of the night.
“Olivier’s a strong character. Personally I don’t blame him at all. We lost as a team, we fight for each other as a team and he worked hard for the team even on the night. He didn’t miss the chances on purpose. He wanted to score the goals but that can happen.”
Both Giroud and the team as a whole have a chance to bounce back this weekend against Everton, and it’s a game we cannot afford to lose. We need to ensure our devastating 3-1 loss in the Champions League doesn’t have an impact on our form in other competitions, with a third place finish and retaining the FA Cup still more than possible.