Arsene Wenger comments on Olivier Giroud's performance against Monaco

Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy

How Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reacted to Olivier Giroud's performance after the loss to Monaco.

Arsene Wenger clearly was not happy. He substituted striker Olivier Giroud after an hour of football against Monaco, with the Gunners two goals down.

The striker had failed to score against them in three previous matches while playing in French football, and got no closer during the 3-1 defeat.

The loss was a real blow to Arsenal's Champions League hope, and season as a whole, with the Premier League season out of reach.

Arsene Wenger spoke to Arsenal.com after the game to give his view on Giroud's performance. 

He said: "I felt he had an off night tonight. He missed easy chances and it looked like it was not one of his best days."

  Total ShotsShots On TargetMins Played
Olivier Giroud 6 0 60

Wenger was not wrong, this was a disastrous performance from Giroud, failing to striker any of his six shots on target. The worst came with a close range effort at 2-0 down which he blazed miles over.

The decision to substitute him was evidence of the manager's frustration with his performance, taking him off despite a lack of alternatives on the bench.

Whether that choice was right or wrong; Wenger clearly felt his hand was forced, with Giroud's confidence sapping away with every miss. Arsenal can't afford for another performance from the striker in the second leg, needing to win by three clear goals.

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