Wenger: Don’t blame Giroud for Arsenal defeat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come to the defence of Olivier Giroud after the striker was criticised in the aftermath of the Gunners’ Champions League defeat against Monaco, ESPN has reported.

Monaco left the Emirates Stadium with a 3-1 away win, the goals coming from Geoffrey Kondogbia, former Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov, and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got a goal back for Arsenal before Ferreria-Carrasco restored the principality club’s two-goal lead while Giroud missed a number of chances to score, causing a section of the Arsenal support to vent their frustration with the France international.

Wenger has however said that there’s no point attaching blame to any player for the result, revealing that he didn’t hold Giroud responsible, praising Giroud’s efforts and insisting everything Arsenal do, good or bad, is done as a team.

“He is like everyone else, disappointed,” Wenger acknowledged at a Press conference prior to Arsenal’s Sunday Premier League game against Everton. “I hope it will not affect him, but he is a strong character. Personally I don’t blame him at all.

“We lost as a team, we fight for each other as a team. He worked hard for the team on the night,” Wenger, a former Monaco Coach, added. “He didn’t miss the chances on purpose. He wanted to score the goals, but it can happen. There is nobody to blame individually.”

Arsenal travel to Monaco for the return leg on March 17.

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