Olivier Giroud wants fans to stick by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger…
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has says fans need to stick by Arsene Wenger, and insists the manager can’t be blamed for shocking Stoke City defeat, reports the Guardian.
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The French forward has put his faith in the manager, and has told fans not to forget all he has done for the club.
“I understand the fans because when you are a team like Arsenal, the fans want you to win every single game, especially when they follow you to away games,” he said said.
“It’s always like that when you suffer a defeat, I understand the fans are really disappointed but we are very disappointed as well.
“It is not the manager [who is to blame]. He is a great manager. Just because we lost at Stoke in an away game does not mean the season is finished or that everything is over. They have to remember what the manager has brought to the club.
“There is no other coach who knows Arsenal better than him so I am in no doubt he is the man to solve this situation.”
After a woeful first half performance at Stoke, Arsenal found themselves 3-0 down at the break. The fans were understandably disappointed by the result, and Wenger received a torrent of abuse both during and after the game.
Giroud insists that the loss was not down to the manager, instead claiming it was the players and the whole team who needed to perform better.
The Gunners have just qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 15th year in a row, with their second 4-1 win over Galatasaray seeing them comfortably through.
The win was not enough to clinch top spot however, with Borussia Dortmund topping Group D after a 1-1 draw with Belgian side Anderlecht.
Arsene Wenger’s side are currently sat sixth in the domestic table however, with the North London club already 13 points behind league leaders Chelsea.