Olivier Giroud gives backing to Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has given the squad's backing to Arsene Wenger in the wake of severe criticism from a section of supporters.

Speaking at an Arsenal Foundation event, the Frenchman said: "We will show solidarity and answer on the pitch. It gives us more strength to fight together. We are a pack and when someone attacks the pack everyone wants to defend our interest and our teammates, our boss."

EPL struggles

The Gunners have struggled this season and currently lie sixth in the Premier League, and there is a real chance that Arsenal could miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 18 years.

Injuries have had a large impact on the North Londoners' season, Giroud missed three months of the season after breaking his leg and an injury crisis has struck at the heart of the defence with Nacho Monreal being used as an emergency centre back.

Right for the job

Arsenal's problems were compounded last weekend with a 3-2 loss away to Stoke, all three goals were conceded without reply in the first half; after the match some Gunners fans waited at the train station to hurl abuse at Wenger which Gary Lineker described as 'disgustingly disrespectful'.

The striker however, maintained that Wenger is the right man for the job despite the side's poor run of form.

"We heard the people, the supposed Arsenal fans that criticised some of us, especially the boss," he added.

"It was sad. I'm not sure he deserved it. It's always like that when you lose a game. You have to question yourself, of course. But you can't say we have to change everything. He is the man for this situation and we aren't even wondering if he is or not."

Lacking commitment

Giroud was brutally honest about the side's performance at the Britannia Stadium, adding: "We know that we are strong we have a good squad, that we have a lot of qualities in the squad but without sometimes commitment. And maybe when you are not at 100 per cent sometimes, then you pay."

The result against Stoke seems to have motivated the team, and despite resting key players such as Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, the North Londoners thrashed Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League.

However, this weekend the visit of Newcastle will prove to be a sterner test; as Arsenal lost to Stoke the Magpies were busy ending Chelsea's unbeaten run which lifted the side to seventh, behind the Gunners on goal difference.

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