Olivier Giroud says Arsenal always get criticised when they lose

The French forward has addressed the fallout from defeat to West Ham and stated that the Gunners are title challengers.

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has stated that his side are always criticised when they lose, but that the reaction the Gunners showed against Crystal Palace yesterday as apt, as reported on the club’s official website.

The North London outfit are being tipped to put forward a title challenge this season after a positive second half to 2014-15, with the star quality at Arsene Wenger’s disposal starting to add up.

Despite this, the Emirates Stadium faithful were left perplexed and disappointed last weekend by a 2-0 defeat to London rivals West Ham on the first day of the season.

Arsenal made amends for the loss yesterday by bouncing back to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Giroud, who scored the opener for the visitors against Alan Pardew’s charges, has spoken out about the critical analysis of Arsenal when they are beaten.

The former Montpellier forward has stated that he and his team are dedicated in their drive towards a title challenge and that criticism is expected if the Gunners are defeated.

“You always get criticised when you lose, especially at home, but we know we are the same team,” he told the club’s official website.

“At the beginning of the championship we want more and we want to win the league basically so we are going to join the title race.

“When you say that you have to face the expectations. It was bad luck that performance [against West Ham] but even if we lost last week the most important thing in football is to bounce back the week after and keep your faith and your game.

“That is what we tried to do and we succeeded today.”

Arsenal will look to get their first home win of the season in their next fixture, when they host fellow heavyweights Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.

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