The competition for starting places in the striking department in Arsenal’s squad has certainly hotted-up since Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival at the club, and it appears that Olivier Giroud is somewhat dismayed with the fellow Frenchman’s involvement.
Giroud, after an unenthusiastic reaction to Lacazette’s first goal in a Gunners shirt against Sydney FC on the 13th of July, appears to be snubbing the former Lyon striker at every given opportunity, after the hitman notched a goal of his own against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, only to then bypass his new teammate’s high-five gesture in celebration.
Giroud ignoring Lacazette’s high-five pic.twitter.com/Wgve6kPvIr
— Shehab (@Shehabsicky) 15 July 2017
Giroud’s boycotting antics of late have resounded badly with Arsenal fans on social media, and the slating is certainly far from over after a few eagle-eyed fans noticed his latest ‘diss’:
Did Giroud just ignore Lacazette after scoring
— Oluwaseun (@Iam_Jyde) 15 July 2017
Giroud really hates Lacazette
— Prince M Shergill (@VeerAkhtar) 15 July 2017
Why did Giroud ignore lacazette? Wenger better work on d team bonding.
— Ogens (@ogens2) 15 July 2017
Giroud hates Lacazette … anyone see Giroud blank Laca after scoring
— Jamie Middleton (@JamieLMiddleton) 15 July 2017
Giroud really hates Lacazette LOL FFS
— A Depressed Fan (@EricFoo_11) 15 July 2017
Giroud doing hes best to ignore Lacazette there during the goal celebration, haha #arsenal
— Darren the Gooner (@essexgooner) 15 July 2017
Notice giroud ignore the high five of lacazette ?
— papidont (@papidont) 15 July 2017
Did Giroud just ignore Lacazette in his celebration? #afc
— Waseem Ahmed (@XhakaLacaB00m) 15 July 2017
Now, no-one is saying that it’s unhealthy for a club to have a degree of competition within the fold, as it generally ups the standards of every member.
Although, with Lacazette supposedly being drafted in by Arsene Wenger to play the starring role, Giroud evidently dislikes the notion of playing second fiddle to the 26-year-old in the coming season.
It’s also very unlikely that the pair will fashion an elaborate handshake anytime soon – best to leave that sentiment to the likes of Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba instead.
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