The Gunners hosted French side Monaco in what was widely regarded as the easiest possible last 16 encounter for Wenger’s men after avoiding possible match-ups with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The script was there for the North Londoners to build up a healthy lead at the Emirates and dispatch the Ligue 1 underachievers over two legs to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in five seasons.
However, Wenger’s men clearly forgot to read it as they put in an inexcusably naive performance, losing 3-1 and giving themselves a mountain to climb at the Stade Louis II stadium in the return leg.
Defensively, the back four were poor throughout, but going forward the Gunners had enough chances to score long before Monaco took control of the tie, with Giroud the biggest culprit.
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The former Montpellier striker evidently left his scoring boots at home and in the second half he spurned a glorious opportunity - blazing high in to the night's sky from six yards out with the goal at his mercy.
His miss was greeted by groans around the stadium, and it later prompted a reaction from Chelsea-owned striker Bamford on Twitter as the Middlesbrough loan star poked fun at the Frenchman.
Was Giroud watching me last night??— Patrick Bamford (@Patrick_Bamford) febrero 25, 2015
He wrote: “Was Giroud watching me last night?”
Bamford’s comments were in relation to his very own howler during Boro’s 1-0 Championship victory over Bolton where he also missed an open goal – firing over the crossbar from as little as six yards out.
From Bamford’s point of view, at least his shocker didn’t cost his side victory. Giroud, on the other hand, will most definitely not be feeling the same sort of comfort when the full-time whistle blew at the Emirates.