Another Giroud interview, and more shade thrown towards the club that excelled his career.
This time the Frenchman spoke to The Athletic and said: “But there might be something else that makes Chelsea win more than Arsenal. Maybe we’re more demanding because you have to fight for the title from the start of the season.”
Little does Oliver Giroud know that he was arguably the biggest reason he hasn’t won a Premier League trophy in his career and at Arsenal.
The Gunners were on a roll during the 2015/2016 season and it looked like we were finally going to end the drought of not winning the league which lasted 12 years.
Alexis Sanchez was fit and firing, Theo Walcott seemed to get over his injury issues and Mesut Ozil was on his way to destroying Thierry Henry’s Premier League assist record.
And then you have Olivier Giroud.
The north London side was highly dependent on the Frenchman to spearhead the team in the league title charge as he was the only fit striker at the club for that season.
Instead of being demanding and pushing hard for that title, he hid under a rock and failed to score in 15 consecutive Premier League games which had a damning impact on Arsenal’s Premier League hopes.
Not to mention he had one of the worst performances seen by a striker in an Arsenal shirt during the crucial round of 16 Champions League tie against AS Monaco, in the season previous to the 2015/2016 campaign.
He was the starting striker in what was the turning point for Arsenal in terms of qualification for the Champions League and challenging with the top teams, as the club hasn’t finished inside the top four since the year Giroud failed to find the net for an extended period of time in 2016.
The 35-year-old had a major part to play in installing a mentality that isn’t up to the levels of Chelsea which the striker boasted about.
If these quotes came from Cesc Fabregas or Ashley Cole who were magnificent for the club, and consistently at an elite level who raised the team’s performances then it would be completely understandable.
But for a player such as Giroud who at times had to be carried by Alexis Sanchez and let the club down during the crucial moments, to the point where it can be argued that he is one of the reasons for the club’s decline, the comments are certainly unjust.
If the current Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the Arsenal striker during Giroud’s tenure at the club then I am sure the north London club would have seen much more silverware.
Aubameyang managed to reach 22 goals in back-to-back seasons, whilst the Frenchman’s best scoring season in the Premier League was 16 goals during 2013/2014.
The Frenchman reached 100 goals for the club which does have to be respected but he has completely destroyed any future relations with Arsenal following his recent comments.
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