Olivier Giroud's goal may have caused some red faces for disparaging Arsenal fans
Here’s a lesson in turning a Twitter trend on its head…
Olivier Giroud has given the footballing world a lesson in answering your critics.
If you were having a quick look at Twitter at about 10 past six on Saturday evening you might have spotted Olivier Giroud trending – and not for a very nice reason. In fact, it was largely Arsenal fans talking down their 30-year-old striker, who started in their trip to Stoke City’s bet365 stadium.
Giroud has offered nothing at all in this half. I suspect had we not played twice this week, he would again be on the bench.— 1886 (@1886_blog) May 13, 2017
In modern football, Giroud is no good— Hong Kong Gooner (@a4af0a9d76184e4) May 13, 2017
Just a couple of minutes after this trend began however, Giroud began to attract even more attention on Twitter – after he scored in the 42nd minute from Hector Bellerin’s cross.
Animosity towards the striker from his Arsenal fans, quite quickly became cheers…
GIROUD!!!— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) May 13, 2017
Tap ins are underrated, you need great movement and positioning to get there. Class from Giroud.— Olly (@Giroudesquee) May 13, 2017
It’s fair to say there were one or two few red faces from the Arsenal fans though.
When Giroud gives Arsenal a deserved lead but you remember you were abusing him a few seconds ago 😂😂. pic.twitter.com/6rbJbxMSS4— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) May 13, 2017
And some think it was the aggression towards the Frenchman which inspired him to score…
My timeline belittled Giroud enough for him to score.— NY Mary Jo (@BipolarArsenal) May 13, 2017
He didn’t look like he had his phone out there with him on the field so he probably didn’t see the tweets of course – but Giroud certainly answered his critics.
The goal is Giroud’s 11th of the season despite limited game time – and this is the fifth season in a row that he has scored double figures in the league for the Gunners.
1 - Olivier Giroud's goal is the first time Arsenal have opened the scoring in a Premier League game at Stoke. Rule.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2017
Despite his goal though, not every Arsenal fan is convinced Giroud still has a future with the club.
Giroud scoring a tap in doesn't mean he's playing well. Alexis and Özil been frustrated with his slow effort.— Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) May 13, 2017
Yes Giroud scored but any average striker does. What we need now is him to start winning battles. A goal doesn't mean he's played well.— Fenton 🅰️FC (@TheLankyGooner) May 13, 2017
Can’t please them all.