Olivier Giroud has been accused of blanking Alexandre Lacazette after opening the scoring in Arsenal’s latest pre-season friendly in Australia.
The France international got off the mark against Western Sydney Wanderers in the 33rd minute with a neat effort from close range following Nacho Monreal’s cutback.
Giroud, however, sparked debate among Arsenal fans with his celebration as he appeared to snub a congratulations from the club’s new record signing.
Lacazette held his hands out to congratulate his team-mate, but Giroud slowly jogged past him with his arms outstretched and his head turned the other way.
— ArsenalGoals (@ArsenalGoaIs) July 15, 2017
Earlier this week at the launch of Arsenal’s new third kit in Sydney, Giroud admitted that his future at the club was uncertain following the arrival of Lacazette, who cost £52m from Lyon.
‘Honestly, I don’t know at the moment but I’m still an Arsenal player so I try to be professional like I always have done and prepare well for next season,’ he said.
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‘Obviously there will be more competition, even more than last year, but it’s always nice for a striker to feel the pressure. I always deal with it.
‘This one, I don’t know. This year I don’t know about my future so I can’t tell you more. I’m focused on pre-season.’
Giroud, ¿ignorando?, a Lacazette. pic.twitter.com/SapoWx2O35
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal_MI) July 15, 2017
But Giroud’s actions have not gone unnoticed with Arsenal fans on social media…
I don't think Giroud likes Lacazette the much.
Este Vato🙃☕️ (@LifeOfCooke) July 15, 2017
Giroud ignoring Lacazette when he scored for the celebration makes me laugh. Don't be bitter you slow prick
Daniel Constable (@ConstableDaniel) July 15, 2017
Imagine thinking Giroud couldn't see Lacazette out of his peripherals anyway. Such a dumb excuse.
🔥LacaNewSeason🔥 (@ArsenalNexus) July 15, 2017
Ya'll noticed Giroud being cold towards Lacazette? No passing, then snubbed him for his goal celebration.
Teejay (@Mister_Teejay) July 15, 2017
Giroud ignoring Lacazette…. no love between the two of them
Olivier 🇨🇭 (@DeadlyOxlade) July 15, 2017
If giroud has ignored lacazette then there is no place for him I'm afraid, no i in team 👍🏻
Glen Reeves ⚽️ AFC (@Reevaldo1976) July 15, 2017
Seeing the replays again, Giroud snubbed Lacazette's hands after he scored…. That's not cool though
Mazi Olisaemeka ™ (@OlisaOsega) July 15, 2017
Why is Giroud ignoring Lacazette?
Igors WOB (@Igor_Stepanovs5) July 15, 2017
@KayyAyy_14 please tell me you see Giroud air lacazette so blatantly 😩😩😭😭
WellYouKnow. (@AAdeeko) July 15, 2017
Giroud did not celebrate after 💯k Lacazette scored his first goal. He is bitter methinks
Molete 🇱🇸🇿🇦 (@ThatBrothaMo) July 15, 2017