Arsene Wenger has spoken about the importance of Olivier Giroud to his team in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with AFC Bournemouth. Giroud got a goal and two assists in a famous fightback for the Gunners and Arsene Wenger is aware of how important the French forward is to the team (via Arsenal.com).
Arsenal’s draw with AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday was more a game for the neutrals than for fans of either club. The Cherries raced into a 3-0 lead but goals from Alexis Sanchez, Lucas Perez and a late Olivier Giroud header completed the comeback for the visitors. Few Arsenal fans would’ve taken a point before the match but given the situation, one point felt like more.
That goal was Giroud’s third in as many matches and it was not the first time the French striker has popped up during a vital moment. After the match, Arsene Wenger was asked about the importance of Olivier Giroud to this team. “Every player is important,” the Frenchman said. “I thought Lucas came on and had an exceptional game.
“I said on Sunday that Giroud can score important goals – he has done that again today because when you play in the box he is dangerous. I think Lucas scored an exceptional goal of pure class.
“Giroud again scored because we dominated and he can score a header.”
Wenger was also asked about the match itself. “Look,” he went on, “you have mixed feelings after a game like that because you wanted three points and you got only one.
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“But when you are 3-0 down after 70 minutes you take a point as well.”
That just about sums up the match for the majority of Arsenal fans. Most are furious with the performance but given the circumstances, a point wasn’t the worst thing in the world and Olivier Giroud was key to that.