Ian Wright has implored fans to stop being so harsh on Olivier Giroud, and suggest he won’t be to blame if we fail to win the Premier League this season, as reported by The Sun (via the Mirror).
Giroud takes a huge amount of flak from Arsenal fans, and a lot of it is truly unfair. He is often criticised for his profligacy, and is rarely recognised for his achievements by large portions of the fanbase.
This often seems like scapegoat tactics, which is massively harsh on the Frenchman. Wright agrees, and insists fans shouldn’t be pointing the finger at the 29-year-old.
“Olivier Giroud has taken so much stick it’s a wonder he isn’t black and blue,” Wright said.
“His critics were at it again on Sunday after he missed a couple of great chances in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
“Forget all that talk of this being the Gunners’ best chance in years of winning the title, they said, with Giroud leading the line they haven’t got a prayer. Yes, the Frenchman didn’t have his finest hour against Spurs. But to put all the blame at his door is unfair and wrong.
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“If Arsenal do see their title hopes go up in smoke again this season, it won’t be down to the fact that Giroud is up front.”
Arsenal fans want to see Arsene Wenger splash out on a world class striker, and when they don’t get their wish many blame Giroud for his deficiencies. The big forward may not be on the same level as a Sergio Aguero, a Robert Lewandowski, or a Karim Benzema, but he’s still a quality striker. We’ve seen this season that one elite striker isn’t necessarily what we are missing, but having options available to us. Theo Walcott has proved an excellent alternative up front, with Giroud consequently shining from the bench. He’s also been scoring in the Englishman’s absence though, so the barbs fired his way really are rather unfair.
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Hopefully fans learn to appreciate him soon, because if we don’t treat our players well then they are likely to consider a future away from the Emirates.