Illogical Unfounded Criticism And Abuse Of Olivier Giroud

By Bootoomee

Fans have always had different reactions to different players and such reactions have not always been logical. Players are not necessarily beloved because of the cogent contributions that they make to teams; they are often valued based on how they make fans feel. It is for this reason that flair players and the sort who wear their emotions on their sleeves are the usual fans’ favourites. You can see the flair even if it leads to nothing useful; or even counter-productive at times. Players who show passion on the pitch act exactly the way the watching fans would have probably acted in most situations. It is therefore not surprising that these 2 types of players are the most loved.

How many times have a player been criticised and abused for being crap only for the numbers to be broken down for fans (and most irresponsibly, the media) to now realise that they were wrong? Sometimes, the criticisms are well justified but most of the time they are not. I can’t recall a more unjustly criticised player than Olivier Giroud of Arsenal FC this season. I hear people criticise him and I wonder if I have been watching the same player or there is something wrong with me.

I have an attitude when it comes to Arsenal player that I must confess to my dear readers: I never abuse any player as long as they are in the service of Arsenal FC. I have complained about a few players during the heat of the game but that is it for me. I never take my hurt at how a player performed in a game away from that particular game once the final whistle is blown. I don’t necessarily forget how poor a player was in a game but as long as they are still wearing Arsenal’s red and white, I continue to support them and hope that the manager (who knows more than anybody alive on how to turn players around) will get them sorted and performing on top soon.

This attitude has saved me from having eggs on my face on countless occasions. I feel extreme pride in myself when I read comments from Arsenal fans on how they used to give Ramsey grief but they are now glad to be proven wrong. Fuckers. You are not supposed to be giving the players of the team that you love and support grief, no matter how poor they might be performing. It is not your job. There is a man employed by Arsenal FC to do the job of setting our players straight both tactically and with harsh words if necessary and he is pretty good at his job.

It is not my place to harass players or call them names like “Flappyhandski” or “van Porcelain” when they make mistakes or are struggling with injuries only to then whine about Arsene Wenger not giving them long contracts when such players seek more opportunities to play or earn more money elsewhere. (I am not too sympathetic with the Traitor but calling him names then was wrong all the same). Ironically, those who have abused our struggling players in the past would then follow up their mea culpa with immediate abuse of a current struggling player.

How many times have you read this line: “I am one of those who used to criticise Aaron Ramsey but I am glad that he has proven me wrong ……. But that Sanogo is never going to come good or Carl Jenkinson is not good enough, we need to get another RB”. You would think that someone just eating crow would have learnt their lesson but you would be wrong.

Of all the players that Arsenal fans in their infinite stupidity have treated unfairly, I struggle to find anyone like Olivier Giroud. We can say that some players have underperformed in the real sense of the word and that while this doesn’t make the abuse right, one can at least understand the reason for it. Giroud’s case is a strange one for me.

The guy gives our defence very good cover during set pieces and tracks back when we are under constant attack to help out. He is in the midfield during battles. He is a very selfless striker who would not only willingly pass to better positioned team mates but would celebrate their goals like he is the one who actually scored it. And, he scores his fair share of goals too. With 16 goals in the premier league and 22 overall, I think he is exactly where Arsene Wenger expects him to be this season.

What Giroud does better than any player in the league, in my opinion, is that famous link up play of his. He is bloody good at it. The way he keeps possession at the opponents’ goal area and calmly waits for his team mates to take good attacking position is superb. And the flicks, oh the flicks! Giroud has some of the most delicious assists in the entire league this season. Statistically, he is where Thierry Henry was at the end of his second season with Arsenal. True, he is older than Henry was but he is not at the peak of his career yet so there is room for improvement.

Now, why has the guy been treated like some bumbling doofus by the media and many of our fans? Why?

Apparently, he missed some good chances in some high profile matches unlike, you know, every striker who has ever played the game! Luis Suarez scored none of his 31 league goals against a top 4 opposition. That is zero in 6 matches!

Arsenal’s attempt and failure to get Suarez last summer is probably most responsible for the animosity of many of our fans towards Giroud. Most of the criticism and abuse are borne out of nothing but covetousness. Many wish we had Suarez and because we actually went for him but failed because Arsene Wenger wouldn’t write a blank cheque to a club that was unwilling to part with their most treasured resource, these souls took it out on Giroud.

Every time Giroud played, he reminded those Gooners of what could have been. His minor errors are exaggerated; they are errors that Suarez would never have made. His missed opportunities are those that Suarez would have converted. In the end, Giroud was not being judged on his own merit but with another player that they wish we had. Giroud was portrayed as one of the worst strikers in the league. Ironically though, you would often see the same detractors whining about what would happen to the team should he get injured. This bit gets me every time. Why would the team miss a player that is so crap?

The media fanned the embers of this discontent amongst Arsenal fans, as they have always done with our players whenever they notice our fans getting on their backs. News reports and analyses were written mocking and berating the guy with emphasis on how he shouldn’t be Arsenal’s leading man. It would be safe to assume that Giroud would score very low in any rating system used by the media. Afterall, they couldn’t stop slating the guy. But it turns out that the Telegraph scored him 214 which is only second to Suarez’s 290. All the other strikers scored less than 200. I am not a believer in the Football Fantasy points of players because I utter distrust the media when it comes to player ratings, which bad enough, is subjective on its own. However, Giroud’s position here is interesting to me because it got me by surprise. It also means that while the guy was being written about as inadequate by the media, their subjective player ratings system is showing a different result.

Here are the top 5 rated strikers in the league (courtesy of Andrew Crawshaw of Untold Arsenal):

Luis Suarez 290
Olivier Giroud 214
Daniel Sturridge 197
Sergio Aguero 180
Edin Dzeko 180

The fact that our very own much maligned striker is ranking this high (even though this is an unscientific rating system) shows that much of the abuse and criticisms that the guy has received are illogical and mostly unfounded. If a rating from a media publication – who are not known for being Giroud’s fans – put him this high, then he must be doing something right for us. Not that I was ever in doubt of Giroud’s contribution to the team but I hope that those who berate him and call for someone else to be signed to take his place would just calm down and show the guy the respect that he has earned.


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  1. I still have a read of ACLF every few days/weeks, depending on the mood and the workflow. The proprietor is still a very good and interesting writer. The recent World Cup and Arsenal players who participated series in different tournaments was interesting and some of it new to me.

    Probably not the first site I would run to after a defeat, or a big win for that matter. But hey ho, those who were deemed surplus to requirements were put overboard.

    We do appear to have flourished though ………….


  2. I look forward to the World Cup starting – a bit of football to talk about and watch.

    Reading the sports pages this morning and dipping into the social media it seems a few people have gone literally MAD before the transfer window is officially open on 1st July. They’re doomed dyahearme ? Doomed


  3. I browse the net sometimes to check the mood in the camp so to say. The blog owner of aclf is so anti-Wenger now it’s hilarious. On the day we remembered the anfield win with Mels excellent article the angle on that site was that Wenger hasn’t had his defining moment yet. The trophies he has won were won too easy and unbeaten run wasn’t won in one game. Obviously the closest he came was Paris but he blew it. So his legacy will now be judge on whether he can conjure the magic of anfield in next three years. Bloody hell, it’s now not enough if he win the title the next three years, the man got to get the script right and win the title in the dying minute of the season. It’s so disingenuous it’s hilarious.


  4. Anyway enough of that crap.

    Top post and top player. Good thing with Giroud is it’s so easy to defend him. Now Hleb that took some talking. So much talking the ice cream went sour. It will be fun to follow our players in World Cup, no less so our German connections. Checked the German squad, only six players play out of bundesliga. And three of them for Arsenal. And it’s a very good team.


  5. Very nice BOO. You should be proud of your correct behavior towards our gunners. For me the abuse AARON & EDUARDO AND even ABU get is the most gulling and unbelievable. Here are players who paid a very heavy price in staying and playing in England for ARSENAL , yet within a few weeks of coming back from a long injury layoff they were expected to perform at their optimum levels or else the unthinkable moaning and abuse would start in their direction. Pathetic support who in turn by behaving so absurdly allowed the media vultures to have a go at our team ,players and manager. Instead of lifting the club when they needed it these basterds added to their allready heavy burden and suffering. this from ARSENAL fans , supposedly some of the best and classiest support in all England . Endless to say I expected much better. Much much better from our fans and some let the club down with their illogical and unfair criticism. we can only hope they have learned something this year and will act more mature and intelligent in the future. tnx for the writeup……..


  6. The conclusion I came to after last summers illogical and unfounded meltdown was that people enjoy it? Especially those that as Apropos succinctly observes are full blown WOBs.
    We all knew then how the club would have to operate in the petro-club infested waters. Add in Levy’s track record of incredible haggling skills (Bentley!) and the consistent coverage all summer long that Arsenal were going to sign a Madrid player and the slight publicity around the Bale sale. Those early comments from Gazidas last summer which appeared to be ill considered were not directed towards Arsenal fans but towards Madrid’s accountants, I’d have hoped the PR Experts would have worked that one out, but of course why would they state the obvious when they were/are committed to ‘regime change’ on behalf of their favourite feudalist/oligarch *shakes head*.

    You have to conclude that the Arsenal fans are easy bait for click hungry websites. Easy money.

    Be interesting to see how Joel Campbell plays against England. Will Chambo be ready to start in that game? Will Hodgson play Wilshere as a ten and drop Rooney?


  7. < easy prey for click hungry…


  8. Nice article, fully agree on Giroud, I think he has done a tremendous job for us this season. Just have a look at Aarons goal in the FA.cup final, he is running towards goal expecting the ball even with Giroud having his back to him. That backheel pass is just sublime.


  9. You have to conclude that the Arsenal fans are easy bait for click hungry websites. Easy money.

    bingo!!! and why is that you think?

    i say its because arsenal has never been big……if we were the fans wouldnt bite the bait..theyd have their grand history and achievements to hold on to…BUT WE HAVE NOTHING….wenger is trying to get us there but chelsea did it faster and the pain and suffering for these revisionist racist goonies is unbarerable…heh…

    tells al ot about your condition when you have to go back to the 30s to find some “era” to compare with wenger’s or insisting on presenting the thuggish nenaderthal culture of the gg team as THE DEFINITIVE arsenal tema/era fo all times…fuck that shit…..modern arsenal is defined by wenger henry pires etc….. whether they like it or not…and the future will be ramsey theo jack..


  10. New post is up.
    NB I think you have NOTH wrong , when you understand his writing style you will see he is praising you and the other 2 posters on ACLF for not following the current party line.
    There is nothing snide about it.


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