'Giroud's a very good footballer, and is a bit of a scapegoat'

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright said he wanted to see more from Lukas Podolski against Everton, and defender Olivier Giroud.

Never shy of an opinion or two, former Arsenal record goalscorer Ian Wright has described his disappointment with individuals in the side against Everton.

He was however reluctant to go into detail about who he felt let him down the most, but did say he wanted to see more from Lukas Podolski, potentially in a forward role.

He told BBC's 606: "I'm very disappointed with certain players, I don't know what's happening with Podolski.

"Giroud? He looks spent. We know he's tired, get him off, get Pod in the middle, get Ox on and have a go."

Wright did not want to go down the route of slating the under-fire Giroud, insisting the Frenchman has become a scapegoat among sections of the Gunners' support and in the media.

"I believe he is a good footballer, a very good footballer in a team where in a lot of pressure to perform regularly.

"He's tired at the moment, and makes bad decisions with the ball coming off him. He's been a bit of a scapegoat, up there on his own as the main striker.

"He's only got Bendtner and Sanogo pushing him. He tries hard, but in the current climate Arsenal fans are vert negative towards him, and should be a bit more positive.

"He's carrying the hopes of team which have under-achieved for many seasons."

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