A statement made by Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has received a backlash due to the message it sends and the potential reflection it is of the club's ambitions.
Giroud, who has returned 14 goals from 33 Premier League outings this season, told reporters that fourth would represent "a successful season" while an FA Cup win "would be a bonus."
His statement in full read: "If we finish fourth, we have not lost anything and it will be a good season. I think that, if we finish fourth, that will be a successful season and the FA Cup, if we win, would be a bonus."
This news has not sat well with former striker and media personality Jan Aage Fjortoft - a journalist who broke the Mesut Ozil to Arsenal transfer story last summer - as he said: "When I played in England, Arsenal were winners and never accepted fourth [place].
"When you are chasing for the title and end as number four, you cannot be happy. It is not 'successful'."
Renowned Arsenal fan and former Daily Mirror editor was apoplectic over Giroud's admission and posted on his Twitter account: "Can you imagine Thierry Henry or Dennis Bergkamp saying coming fourth in the League was a 'successful season'? This whole 'coming 4th is a trophy' crap is now so cemented in the players' heads, they believe it. No wonder we keep coming 4th.
"I'd love an Arsenal player to come out and say: 'Top of the League for 2/3 of season and ending up 4th? Terrible.'"
Giroud: "if we finish fourth, that will be a successful season." WHAT? When I played in England Arsenal were WINNERS. Never accepted 4th— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 28, 2014
When you are chasing for the title and end as number 4, you can't be happy. Always reasons. Always a cup. But it's not "successful"— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 28, 2014