Olivier Giroud has been getting something of a tongue lashing from Arsenal fans of late due to the his under par performances in the Premier League last season.
The criticism levelled at the 29-year-old forward stems from his less than clinical finishing for the Gunners in front of goal last term. With 57 goals in 137 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side since his arrival from Montpellier in 2011, one can’t claim the Frenchman has not been productive. This includes 16 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions last season.
One might then wonder just why the France international has been coming under fire from fans. It might well come from a 12-match scoreless run after Christmas that coincided with Arsenal’s perennial slump in form.
So, in a very timely reminder to Arsenal fans, Giroud stepped up and scored this beauty for his country in their Euro 2016 quarter-final versus the lion tamers, Iceland, on Sunday night.
Taking the ball in his stride from Blaise Matuidi’s over-the-top pass, Giroud launched a left-footed screamer past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson putting France 1-0 ahead at the time.
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 3, 2016
So, to all Arsenal fans getting ready for the new season in August, perhaps your derision of Giroud has been misplaced and he is in fact a vital piece of Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge next season.