Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud is lacking confidence after Sunderland stalemate

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Arsenal and Sunderland went head-to-head this weekend.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking following his side’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland this weekend, with his comments later published by the Gunnersofficial Twitter account.

Both sides needed the points for very different reasons, with Arsenal fighting for a top-four finish and Sunderland deep in a relegation scrap, but one suspects it will be the Black Cats who are more satisfied with the point given that every single one will be vital between now and May.

The draw means Sunderland climbed out of the bottom three and with a game in hand over fierce rivals Newcastle United their fate is very much in their own hands.

Arsenal were disappointing and only have themselves to blame after failing to convert any of their 20 shots – only seven of which were on target.

One player who was particularly wasteful was French international Olivier Giroud and on this evidence he could struggle to find the net again before the end of the current campaign.

Speaking after the match, Wenger said, “Maybe a little anxiety is creeping in when we are in front of goal. Giroud is lacking confidence but you go through spells like that.”

Next up for Arsenal is a home match against Norwich City at the end of the month, and given the Canaries’ own relegation worries it could be another tough afternoon for the Gunners.

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