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— fan from Hong Kong (@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
It’s fair to say there were one or two few red faces from the Arsenal fans though.
And some think it was the aggression towards the Frenchman which inspired him to score…
My timeline belittled Giroud enough for him to score.— Mary Joan NY (@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.
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.