Twitter has been divided over Arsene Wenger’s decision to sacrifice Olivier Giroud in the wake of Per Mertesacker’s dismissal in the first half against Chelsea.
Giroud would of scored Flamini's chance
— That Guy (@JordanRaskit) January 24, 2016
I'm no Arsenal fan, but even I was livid when Arsene Wenger took off Giroud. Not the sign of this season's Premier League champions. #AFC
— Dan Church (@DJChurch94) January 24, 2016
The towering German felled pantomime villain of the day Diego Costa when the Spaniard was through on goal and ultimately given his march orders.
Not to mention we need Giroud to defend set plays
— Karsa Orlong (@MrBure) January 24, 2016
You obvs don't understand the way Arsenal play if you're complaining about the Giroud sub
— Tobi Olowokure (@_Tobolos_) January 24, 2016
Needing to find balance in his team, Wenger opted to take Giroud off in order to introduce central defender Gabriel into proceedings.
We're a man less and playing on the break, of course Walcott and Campbell over Giroud
— KariukiThe1st (@Karriss) January 24, 2016
Giroud, you awesome man. You had to subbed off. We are all equally shocked. #ARSCHE
— Rupayan Das (@RadsDas) January 24, 2016
Though there had been suggestions the Frenchman had suffered a knock before the game, his reaction when he realised he was being hauled off did not give the impression of a man who could not continue.
People will blame this game on Giroud's substitution, I don't know what he would have done…
— QUID PRO QUO (@iWairera) January 24, 2016
Who was Wenger supposed to take off instead of Giroud?
— Merlo (@MerlyMerlz) January 24, 2016
He has been the Gunners’ main attacking threat this season, leading to fans to raise questions about the decision to substitute him.
While some believe it was a good tactical decision, others cannot wrap their head around it.
Oh, to be a football manager.