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Arsene Wenger rejects claims that Giroud is to blame for Monaco defeat

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says striker Olivier Giroud is not the reason why the Gunners lost to Monaco in the Champions League.

The 28-year-old came under heavy criticism for his below-par performance on Wednesday night and was replaced by Theo Walcott in the 60th minute of the game.

But Wenger, who says the Frenchman will bounce back, insists that the striker is not to blame for the 3-1 Emirates defeat.

"Olivier [Giroud] is like everybody else - disappointed," Wenger said.

"There's nobody to blame individually. Who is a striker who didn't miss a chance?

"He had his chances and he missed. For us on the night, everything went against us. The fact that we missed some chances was only one of the characteristics of the night.

"Olivier is a strong character. Personally I don't blame him at all.

"We lost as a team, we fight for each other as a team and he worked hard for the team even on the night. He didn't miss the chances on purpose. He wanted to score the goals but that can happen."

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