Arsenal boss blasts critics of much-maligned striker after 2-0 win over Everton

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has blasted Olivier Giroud’s critics after the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Everton on Sunday, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixture with the Toffees, Wenger named Giroud as his starting striker to the dismay of many critics and fans, following the Frenchman’s dismal performance against Monaco in midweek.

However, despite Wenger’s own condemnation of the Frenchman, he had faith that Giroud would come good against Everton, which repaid as the former Montpellier hitman scored his side’s first goal at the Emirates.

And after the fixture, Wenger went on to praise his recently maligned striker, hitting back at the 27-year-old’s critics and declared that Giroud is at his best when under pressure from the media.

“Olivier’s great quality is when his back’s to the wall – he has the personality and the character to respond, ” Wenger said.

“Because I know him better now, that’s one of the reasons why I kept him in the team.

“He acknowledged that he missed his game and he will respond because he has the strength to do it.”

The Gunners are now third on the Premier League table, only four points behind second place Manchester City, after winning six of their last seven games.

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