Giroud pushed on by criticismMay 7, 2013 • By arseblog
Olivier Giroud says criticism is normal at a club like Arsenal, and that he’s used it as a motivational factor in his first season at the club.
The Frenchman has scored 17 goals, a not unreasonable return all things considered, but perhaps not quite as good as he thinks.
“I replaced Van Persie and when you arrive at a big club like that, they are very demanding towards you,” he said. “The criticism has not always been deserved, but they push you on.
“Seventeen goals and 11 assists – that is better than Henry and Drogba in their first seasons. This is the quality I have. I have got better with this team and this staff – it is another level. And I want to continue to improve.”
While his goal tally is certainly fewer than Henry’s 26 in his first Arsenal campaign, perhaps he’s taking into account the assists, and he is right about Drogba. In his first season with Chelsea he scored 16 goals so Giroud is, at this moment in time, one better.
The issue for Arsenal this season isn’t so much Giroud himself, but the fact that we have no alternative to him, so when he’s absent, or misfiring, we’re a bit stuck. However, in terms of goals scored we’re less reliant on one man like last season, but it’s a tricky balance.
The ideal scenario would be for Giroud to use this as a good platform for next season when, all going well, he’ll have some healthy competition from a summer signing.
Giroud will miss Arsenal’s next game against Wigan but will return for what will, hopefully, be a crucial final day encounter with Newcastle at St James Wonga Sports Direct Manboobs Arena.
ARSENAL GOALS 2012-13 (all comps)
Theo Walcott – 20
Olivier Giroud – 17
Lukas Podolski – 14
Santi Cazorla – 12
Gervinho – 7
Mikel Arteta – 6
ARSENAL GOALS 2011-12 (all comps)
Robin van Persie – 36
Theo Walcott – 9
Mikel Arteta – 6
Thomas Vermaelen – 6
Yossi Benayoun – 6
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 4