Gary Lineker reacts to Olivier Giroud's display against Besiktas

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud had a night to forget after an abject performance against Besiktas in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

How pants was Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud against Besiktas in the first leg of their third qualifying round encounter at the Ataturk Stadium in Turkey on Tuesday, August 19?

In the photograph above, the Frenchman's reaction was one of disappointment as he spurned a good chance - and it perhaps is a fitting epitaph for his performance as a whole.

While the 27-year-old is no doubt a hard worker and does seem to create good space for those around him, his finishing ability - on tonight's display alone - was woeful.

BBC pundit Gary Lineker wrote on his official Twitter account that, considering the creativity behind him, Giroud should score more.

"Playing in front of Arsenal's midfield should guarantee a minimum of 25 goals a season, for a striker of note. Alas…"

The manner in which Lineker finishes his statement leaves little to the imagination. A prolific attacker during his own playing days - the now 53-year-old netted an exemplary 48 goals during an international career that saw him capped 80 times by England.

Giroud, though, may still need time to regain his close control and ability in front of goal.

However, with another must-win match fast approaching - a Saturday afternoon trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton - it is time he pulled his shorts up and worked hard on the training ground, otherwise he may struggle to emulate his return of 22 goals in all competitions last term.

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