Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quick to defend Olivier Giroud in a week where the France striker was booed by his own fans while on international duty after a horrid display against Serbia, Arsenal Player reports.
Giroud missed a wonderful opportunity in France’s 2-0 and the fans made their feelings clear towards the striker as he was substituted by Karim Benzema.
Giroud faces tough competition for his position from Benzema, Alexander Lacazette and Manchester United new boy Anthony Martial.
For Wenger, however, Giroud has his full support and he has backed the 28-year-old to go on a goalscoring run.
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“He has my full support and I believe that is part of being a striker,” Wenger told reporters at London Colney.
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“There is no striker in the world who has not been questioned. When he missed a chance and is booed, that can happen.”
It will be interesting to see if Wenger starts Giroud against Stoke City this weekend given that he was left on the bench in our last Premier League clash.
With Danny Welbeck facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the boss may look to use his compatriot as an impact player over the next few weeks and try Theo Walcott or Alexis Sanchez as central strikers.
We’re desperately in need of goals and, right now, we don’t care who scores them.