It might seem a little harsh to get on the back of the Arsenal and France international star Olivier Giroud this week, after the striker put in a disappointing and ineffective performance against Burnley. We did win after all and Giroud has been on fire lately so perhaps he deserves some leeway. But when our centre forward struggles, it seems that the whole attacking side of our game struggles and Wenger seems reluctant to use Welbeck instead of Giroud.
It will be a real cause for concern if this was not a blip and the Frenchman struggles to impose himself on Reading in the FA cup semi-final this weekend. Failing to win this cup game against a Championship side would be a big blow to Arsenal, not just because it would end our best chance of a trophy, but for the knock on effect it could have in our final Premier League games.
Arsenal fans do have the comfort of knowing that the last time Giroud had a poor game, and he was much worse against Monaco, it did not negatively affect him and in fact made him bounce back in fantastic style. On the other hand though, it was strange that Giroud was lacklustre against Burnley as he should be fresher after the international break and with a week since the win over Liverpool.
Perhaps Giroud had allowed a bit of complacency to creep into his mind and will now buck his ideas up for Reading and the games to follow. If not we could have a big problem on our hands. What do you think?