Olivier Giroud was unlucky not to score against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in our 1-1 draw and, according to Arsene Wenger, the striker’s angry.
Speaking after the match, the boss explained how the Frenchman’s work rate isn’t being reflected in his goal scoring, both in the north London derby and against Bayern midweek.
Giroud had several headers against Spurs that he would have scored on any other day but for some reason they were either going just wide or getting saved. It just wasn’t his day.
After revealing that Giroud was angry after the game, Wenger admitted that he was ‘pleased’ with it.
“When you see players happy to miss chances you can worry,” he said.
“He is a real goalscorer, he did try. In the last two games, against Bayern and today he worked extremely hard and maybe he wanted too much to score in the end, and especially the opportunity he had in the six-yard box, but that can happen.”
It’s understandable that, as a striker, he’s going to be angry. If he didn’t care that he wasn’t scoring any of his chances, we would have serious problems. However, what’s more important is that the 29-year-old can learn from it, pick himself up and move on.
Carrying that anger into the next match won’t be helpful to anyone, least of all himself.
Fortunately, the international break should give him a change of scenery and time to decompress ready to come back stronger and more level-headed.