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Olivier Giroud thanks Arsene Wenger for his backing

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud thanked Arsene Wenger for keeping th faith in him despite his dismal performance against Monaco last week.

The Frenchman struggled massively and was substituted on the hour mark in the Gunners 3-1 loss on Wednesday, but kept his starting spot in game against Everton. He scored the opening goal on the way to a 2-0 win.

Giroud later made his appreciation clear to Wenger, who gave him the opportunity to answer his critics.

He said: “Arsene Wenger gave me the chance to bounce back.”

"We wanted to do that together and I think we did well this afternoon. We will take things step by step. We just want to focus on our games, to keep doing what we are doing."

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What is Giroud doing wrong?

Giroud has nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season; the best goals-to-games ratio in his time at Arsenal; but has struggled on the big stage time and again.

Arsenal have struggled to find a consistent goalscorer since the days of Thierry Henry. Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor have enjoyed stellar seasons since then, but failed to carry that great form over a number of seasons.

Fans will want to see some consistency from their striker if he’s to hold down his starting spot, with Arsenal currently sitting third in what looks set to be as tight a race for the top four in years.

Should Arsenal finish outside the top four for the first time since the 95-96’ season; Giroud could see his time in the Premier League run out as his quest for top form goes on.

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