I am not the biggest fan of Olivier Giroud, you know it.
Many times in the recent past, on this same site, I told you how much in my humble opinion the Arsenal needs a different kind of striker or how much better and option Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck would be, compared to the Frenchman. Yet, I don’t understand and don’t like the huge amount of hate and contempt the player is getting from fans. Really guys, I don’t get you.
How could you possibly throw so much hate towards an honest guy who never failed to work his socks off and commit himself to the team?
He has flaws, of course, but he’s being treated like he was a lazy, petulant primadonna!
He’s been ridiculed for his poor finishing, he’s been slated for his lack of movement, he’s been pointed as the reason why the Arsenal will never win the league (!) and yet he never reacted to that, never said a word out of place but instead he kept his head down, acknowledged his shortcomings in an open and honest way and worked twice as hard to improve the weaker aspects of his game
Each time a former footballer, a former coach or a pundit highlights how poor Olivier Giroud is at this or that, the guy accepts the criticism and moves on, instead of arguing forever and throwing numbers and statistics to defend his performances.
He could do that, because his goals per games ratio is quite solid and because he has always scored his fair stake of goals (17+22+19) but he takes the blame and focuses on the next training session or game.
What else should he do to get some credit?
What would make you have more patience with this guy?
Olivier Giroud often leaves me frustrated and disappointed when he misses a sitter or wastes a promising attacking move with a heavy first touch but I see how hard he works and I see how committed he is, that’s enough for me to keep supporting the guy despite his flaws and inadequacies.
I feel like Olly never forgiven for anything while other players are allowed to go missing here and there and still get a kind of unconditional love.
That’s not right, that’s the old-fashioned witch hunt a large section of Arsenal fans seem to love: it’s been Aaron Ramsey in the past, now its Olivier Giroud turn to be the focus of all the hate circling above the Emirates Stadium.
If you feel he’s not the right man to lead our forward line – and I do feel like that, if I’m being honest – then question the manager, not the player. If you really can’t help abusing a hard-working, committed and honest player doing his best to help the Arsenal, then you should really ask yourself some questions.
Support the guy, goals will come as soon as he gets some confidence back; all your booing and abusing surely won’t help him in any way, you should have learned this already.
Until next time!
Thirty-something Italian, currently in Switzerland. Gooner since mid-ninties, when the Gunners defeated my hometown team, in Copenhagen. Twelve years ago I started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after after some experiences with Italian websites and football magazines. Debate, don’t insult or you’re out.