If you needed any proof that Olivier Giroud still splits the Arsenal fanbase these days – here it is.
Wednesday marked the seventh year since Arsenal signed the striker from Montpellier, but despite scoring over 100 goals for The Gunners, his legacy is lost on some supporters.
With his recent heroics for rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final still clearly fresh in the memory for some fans, a tweet honouring the World Cup winner’s Arsenal career didn’t go down well with all of the Gunners faithful.
That’s despite helping the club towards three FA Cups (with one goal and two match-winning assists in cup finals) and scoring an infamous ‘scorpion’ kick that won him the Puskas Award in 2017.
But fans were quick to recall his just as infamous ‘Thank you, Arsenal’ remark aboard the victorious Chelsea team bus with the Europa League trophy – while he also came in for criticism for his lack of good form during the 2015/16 league campaign which saw The Gunners miss out on the title to Leicester City.
Others were happy to jump to the defence of the Frenchman’s Gunners career – but there’s no denying that his reputation at Arsenal remains a mixed one:
Doesn’t really deserve the thanks though does he, after his recent stunt
— Arsenal Passion ???? (@DArsenalPassion) June 26, 2019
Thanks for the memories? More like the suffering, he was one of the reasons why we didn’t win the league in 2015/16
— (KK332) (@lsomeguyl) June 26, 2019
Will be remembered like Bendtner and Chamak as opposed to Wright or Henry
— Marley Worth (@MarleyWiggan) June 26, 2019
And after last season Europa League final celebration he is dead to us!
— paul davies (@ayestawnie) June 26, 2019
Joined Chelsea and killed us in the Europa league final. Thanks but no thanks for the memories
— ? Kaustubh Pawar ? (@_kaustubhpawar) June 26, 2019
Highly underrated….most arsenal fans, people interviewed on fantv, even Thierry henry destroyed him and didnt give him the credit he deserved when he played for us.
— akinwale omowumi (@walexy04) June 26, 2019
Underrated. Under appreciated.
— Callum (@Cal_94Gooner) June 26, 2019
Overlooked and underrated
— Sean Peaty (@seanpeaty) June 26, 2019
Hugely underrated player!
— ~SIGNORE GIUSEPPE~???????? (@garubajoseph) June 26, 2019
Still my most painful departure! He was the future!! ????
— Nathan Kirkhouse (@nkirkhouse) June 26, 2019