It has been said many times, but it is still true that Olivier Giroud has suffered greatly at the hands of Arsenal fans over the last few years. Has this week’s amazing Scorpion goal against Crystal Palace now given him the recognition he craves? Arsene Wenger thinks that THAT goal will never be forgotten, and reckons we need to remember that he always scores important goals.
“It was surprising, exceptional, efficient and beautiful so I would say he will be remembered forever for this goal,” Le Prof said on Arsenal.com.
“But I liked as well that it was at the end of an exceptional move and he had a surprising reflex and an efficient one, but Olivier Giroud scores great goals, and important ones.
“Maybe we do not always remember that he scores great goals, but also important goals at key moments for the team.
“I think he has improved his link up play since he has arrived and in front of goal as well. He is a top striker, who is a top-quality man as well, so I am very pleased that he can compete for us.
“It also shows you how quickly things can change because two months ago everyone said, ‘Giroud doesn’t play’, then today he is a hero.
“When it didn’t go well for him, he worked and that is something that I rate. Our job is to be ready for a chance, and he worked hard when he didn’t play and now he gets rewarded, and that is right.”
How many times had Giroud looked finished at Arsenal? Especially after his 14 game non-scoring run last season. Does he just needs lots of competition to play his best?
Can we now say, as Wenger just did, that he is an Arsenal hero and will never be forgotten?