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.
The ultimate Wenger and Mourinho combined XI
Petr Cech (GK)
The Premier League's best ever 'keeper. Image Source: SportPesa
Part of Inter's Champions League-winning side with Mourinho. In the current era of overhyping Brazilian centrebacks like David Luiz, Lucio would be seen as a God if he was at his peak today. Image Source: Sempreinter
Tony Adams MBE (CB)
'Mr. Arsenal' was inevitably going to be in the heart of our three-man defence; an outstanding leader and a winner. Image Source: Galaxia Futebolistica
Lillian Thuram (CB)
You forget just how impressive the Frenchman was. Image Source : Youtube
Patrick Vieira (LDM)
The captain. Image Source: ArsenalArsenal.net
Xabi Alonso (RDM)
Every team needs a player who can ping a ball from anywhere and to anywhere. Image Source: ThisIsAnfield
A maestro from Jose's miracle of a Champions League win. Image Source: Publicopt
Cristiano Ronaldo (LM)
The team wouldn't be very credible without this man. Image Source: YouTube
Luis Figo (RM)
Figo completes our pair of Portuguese wingers. Not too bad at all! If this team was to play in the Premier League, the likes of Alberto Moreno would have a nightmare - well, even more than he's already having. Image Source: IFFHS
Didier Drogba (ST)
A nightmare for Liverpool fans. A cheat, but an unquestionably good player. Drogba was a menace upfront for any team. He's got it all really. Image Source: Fusion.net
Thierry Henry (ST)
If Henry wasn't upfront for our team here, there was no point putting it together. Image Source: Gentside Sport
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.
Alexis Sanchez has revealed his all-time best XI
GK – Oliver Kahn
The German icon may well look like a rock with a face on, but that didn't stop him being one of the finest ever goalies. Sanchez threw the Bayern Munich man between the sticks for his desire and hunger to save every ball.
LB – Roberto Carlos
Surely the Brazilian banana-shot specialist makes every single all-time XI?
RB – Cafu
Of course the other iconic Brazilian full-back was going to be here. Included by the Arsenal man for attributes he holds close to his heart, all-out attacking play.
CB – Carles Puyol
The inspirational Barcelona leader, who inspires all around him - shame he couldn't inspire Sanchez to have more of an impact at the Nou Camp.
CB – Paolo Maldini
The epitome of what a centre-back should be. Imagine if Puyol and Maldini ever played together!
2011 – Xavi
Always the bridesmaid never the bride.
CM – Ronaldinho
Sanchez described the Brazilian master along the lines of 'A magician who spreads joy' - and we cannot agree more.
CAM – Diego Maradona
Sanchez clearly isn't put off by the fact the Argentine now looks like an extra from Narcos.
RW – Lionel Messi
Of course you knew he'd be there.
LW – Pele
Always amazes me when Pele gets in all-time XIs - the bloke just randomly plucks numbers out of the air for the number of goals he has scored: "Oh, and don't forget the 17 I scored down the park when I was 6." Anyway, Sanchez rates the Brazilian, and has given him a free role on the left-wing.
ST – Ronaldo
'The Phenomenon' would lead Sanchez's line; a player he believes is the best of all-time.