Arsenal quite hilariously lost to the worst team in the league on Tuesday night, as Swansea City climbed out of the bottom three, at least temporarily, for the first time in recent memory. A brace from Sam Clucas and an absolute howler from Petr Cech propelled the Swans to their second big win in as many home games, following up their 1-0 win over Liverpool with this 3-1 triumph over the Gunners.
Beyond just laughing at their misfortune, what we cared about was Olivier Giroud not hurting himself ahead of his proposed transfer to Chelsea tomorrow on Transfer Deadline Day. Giroud did make a substitute appearance off the bench, providing a couple nice touches if no goals, and then afterwards made it a point to thank the fans — if he was saying goodbye, it was a nice gesture.
Giroud heads over to the Arsenal fans at full-time - It certainly looked like a goodbye. pic.twitter.com/06KUVQ92BE— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) January 30, 2018
After the match, Arsene Wenger was asked about his backup striker’s future as well, with the Gunners’ boss neither confirming nor denying anything but very much pointing to a transfer happening tomorrow (Wednesday).
[His future] will all be decided tomorrow. We will know more then. At the moment I don’t want to talk much about where he goes, if he goes, because that will be definitely decided. Nothing is concluded at the moment.
[His appearance was] a tribute to Olivier yes. He gave great service to the club, never let us down and saved us many times. When I asked him and he said yes I have no problem with that.
He’s an Arsenal man, after that he needs to play as well because he has not played many games in the Premier League since the start of the season. He’s a regular player in the French national team. He has a World Cup where France will go, places of course are difficult to get.
It was a difficult situation for him but he always had his heart 100 per cent in the team and was committed.
-Arsene Wenger; source: Football.London
Arsenal solidifying their grip on sixth place is certainly a good time to leave. Come to Chelsea, Olivier, and let’s win some thing.