If Arsenal’s performance against Monaco wasn’t embarrassing enough, Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford took to Twitter to humiliate them even more after Olivier Giroud’s shocking performance.
The French striker, like the rest of the Arsenal team, didn’t have a good game to say the least and that was highlighted by the lack of attempts he managed to have on target.
Bamford, who is on loan to Middlesborugh, poked fun at one of the Frenchman’s most outrageous misses from the game, and to be honest, this particular one was probably harder to miss than score.
Giroud had a golden opportunity to pull a goal back for his side when Monaco’s goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic disastrously parried a save right to the strikers feet. It had goal written all over it, but instead Giroud sent the ball sailing over the crossbar from six yards.
Bamford tweeted: “Was Giroud watching me last night?”
The on-loan striker’s tweet was in reference to his own howler the night before during his side’s 1-0 win over Bolton in the Championship. Bamford missed an opportunity to score in an open goal from the same distance as Giroud, but his miss didn’t influence the result as Middlesborough still picked up the win.
Taxi for Giroud
Giroud’s miss however did have an impact. The striker had six opportunities to stop the capitulation of his team, but he didn’t manage to hit the target with any of his attempts which summed up Arsenal’s evening.
The Gunners were completely played off the park at the Emirates by a Monaco side that was missing several key players, it was the sort of game that Giroud would be expected to score in as Monaco aren’t the best team in Europe that they could have faced.
But Giroud did nothing to do away with the feeling that he can only score against the smaller teams as he proved again that he can’t do it in the big games. Arsene Wenger was not happy with his striker after the game due to the amount of good chances he wasted. Six shots and none on target is a terrible ratio for a striker in the Champions League.
Arsenal have given themselves a massive task when they go to Monaco for the second leg and based on his performance last night, it will be a shock if Giroud is leading the line for Arsenal in Monaco in a couple of weeks time.