Stan Collymore has criticised Olivier Giroud following our 2-0 win over Bournemouth this weekend, and insists the Frenchman needs to do far more to put off defenders if he’s to have any impact against Leicester City in our next Premier League fixture.
Giroud supplied a great assist for Mesut Özil’s opening goal, but beyond that wasn’t hugely effective. He didn’t necessarily have the best service throughout the game, but you could argue his movement and off the ball performance – usually a strength of his – was not up to scratch.
Collymore believes he might not have enough about him when we come up against Leicester, and suggests we’ll be giving up the momentum we need if Giroud plays the way he did against Bournemouth.
Poor today.@talkSPORT LIVE
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) February 7, 2016
The 29-year-old comes in for a lot of criticism from all areas, with certain sections of the Arsenal fanbase truly negative about him on a consistent basis. Sometimes the criticism is deserved, but certainly not at the level he often gets.
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He certainly hasn’t been at his best in recent weeks, but nor have the rest of the team. Giroud may well need a break too, as he’s practically our only option up front and has been leading the line alone for large parts of the campaign.
Theo Walcott has been in equally poor form recently, and has consequently found himself out of the starting XI. He played excellently against Leicester in the reverse fixture, so it might just be a good chance to give Giroud a break and drop him to the bench instead.