Arsenal legend says don't blame Olivier Giroud

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Former-Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn has revealed he thinks the Gunners wide players are letting Olivier Giroud down with their poor service.

The Arsenal legend blamed the Frenchman's lack of goals on the poor quality of the balls into the striker, rather than on any prolifigacy on the part of Giroud.

The France international signed from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier in the summer, but the forward has only managed one Premier League goal so far this season.

Still, Winterburn says the likes of Theo Walcott and Gervinho are to blame for Giroud's barren run.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Winterburn said: "If you're playing with a player like Giroud, who is not as quick or mobile as some players they've had up front previously, you have to vary it, get balls out wide, take players on and get crosses into the box.

"I don't think Arsenal are playing to Giroud's strengths and I've been disappointed with the wide players in the last couple of games. I don't think they've produced the quality we expect from them."

Giroud started for the Gunners as Arsene Wenger's side lost 1-0 to Norwich on Saturday, which saw them fall 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Wenger has rotated his lone striker so far this season, and Ivorian frontman Gervinho has had the most success up front in terms of goals.

But Giroud is Arsenal's out and out striker, and their long-term ambitions largely rest on the France striker settling into life at the Emirates Stadium.

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