Giroud can learn a lot from Manchester United legend

Angry, that’s the way Arsene Wenger described his devilishly handsome – yet highly frustrating – Old Trafford hero, Olivier Giroud, after the Frenchman rose highest to ruin Jose Mourinho’s weekend – not sure the (not so) Special One has enjoyed a weekend for a good year, now.

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Angry is the wrong word, though. Giroud is, in fact, sulking; his ego is bruised, he’s created a ‘woe is me’ mentality and he’s not prepared to hide that fact.

And that’s not necessarily to say that the French international is wrong with his stance of a stroppy teenager – but that’s not to say resembling Nicolas ‘Le Sulk’ Anelka is the right approach, either. Giroud turned in a celebration that was more fitting to a player scoring the fifth in a 5-0 win, rather than a last-minute equaliser – and an undeserved one, at that – against a major rival; pulling a face that screamed: “Look, I know I’m fucking good. But Wenger doesn’t understand that. So what am I meant to do?”

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Learn from Ole Gunnar Solskjær, that’s what, Olivier; know your flaws, accept them and utilise your strengths.

“We don’t want Shearer, he’s f*cking dearer, so please don’t take my Solskjaer away …”

Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy, to name just five, always had the starting berths under Sir Alex Ferguson, ahead of the man who was nicknamed the baby-faced assassin after Tomas Rosicky.

The problem that Wenger has created with himself in regards to Giroud – and one that Fergie never had with his clinical Norwegian – is that for several seasons, Giroud has been Arsenal’s first choice striker; the main man in front of goal.

And although Wenger will never admit it, and Giroud will never accept it, the Frenchman has always been ‘plan B’ during his time in north London – just Wenger could never get his ‘plan A’. Le Professeur has tried for Luis Suarez, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain and Jamie Vardy during the time Giroud has been the focal point of his attack.

Those movements in the transfer market don’t suggest that a manager is happy with his goalscoring options. And he’s right not to be. Arsenal can never, and will never, win the Premier League title with Giroud as the forward who starts the majority of games.

They may well be with Alexis Sanchez upfront, but even that looks like it will inevitably end up with the familiar heartache, with the Chile international just not quite ‘it’ – whatever ‘it’ is, has eluded Wenger for a decade now.

But, if Giroud can bring himself to accept that he’s been lucky for a few seasons, in regards to Wenger’s hesitation and incompetence in the transfer window, and become Arsenal’s 1999 Champions League Final kinda player, he can leave the Emirates Stadium, whenever that is, as adored as Ole Gunnar Solskjær was at Old Trafford.

Remembered down the generations; adored forever.

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