Arsenal fans react on Twitter to Olivier Giroud's performance v Cardiff

Arsenal won 3-0 against Cardiff City, but Olivier Giroud could have made it even more comprehensive.

There is a big spotlight on Olivier Giroud at the moment. The striker has been carrying Arsenal's goalscoring hopes for the entire season, with no credible back-up.

Fortunately Arsenal's midfield players have been chipping in with the goals, in part through to the way Giroud has been able to make space for them to join the attack.

Theo Walcott's return, and Lukas Podolski nearing his, will be a big lift to the Gunners over the next month, but Giroud will be expected to lead the line in huge December fixtures against Napoli, Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea.

The 27-year-old striker was dropped by France last month, with teammate Laurent Koscielny admitting he looked tired.

A brace against Southampton was most welcome a week ago, but it remained the only two goals he scored in six games for Arsenal in November.

Supporters will surely hope December is more prolific, and he could easily have upped that total when he stopped when he was clean through against Cardiff, thinking he had been flagged for offside.

To his credit however, while he made the cardinal sin of not playing to the whistle here, Giroud was a threat throughout the game.

He had five attempts on goal, but had little reward, with two on target. He created one goalscoring chance, and won three aerial duels, as many as any other Arsenal player.

Interesting, he made as many clearances, four, as defender Bacary Sagna. 

Still it was another game without a goal, and with Arsenal heading into this crucial month - fans want to see signs he is fresh enough to carry them through to it.

Were they impressed or not? Here's a look at what supporters made of his performance via Twitter:

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