Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud made a poor error in judgement in the first half at Cardiff.
Midway through the opening 45, Arsenal’s French centre-forward broke through the Cardiff backline to give himself a clear goal scoring opportunity, but then shockingly the Gunner stopped.
Giroud thought Mesut Ozil had flicked on – a decision which the linesman never raised his flag for – and seconds later the chance was lost as the ball was nicked off Giroud’s toes.
Replays later showed that Ozil did indeed get a touch which made Giroud offside, but nevertheless abuse quickly flowed towards the Arsenal centre-forward.
Watch Olivier Giroud’s miss for Arsenal at Cardiff, along with the best comments on the episode.
Weird moment as Giroud thinks he is about to be flagged offside so stops playing when clean through, then realises he is in fact onside.
— James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) November 30, 2013
That was just insane – Giroud had a golden opportunity and *stopped playing*. Yikes.
— Anne (@cheekybackheel) November 30, 2013
One of the most ridiculous moments I've seen. Giroud clean through. Stopped. Thought he was offside. He wasn't. Chance wasted. Bizarre.
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) November 30, 2013
Love Giroud, but to win trophies, we still need a world class striker in January of Suarez/Rooney/Aguero calibre. #Arsenal
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 30, 2013
Replays confirm Ozil did touch the ball and Giroud WAS offside. Wonder if he'll win the Fair Play Award a la Di Canio? Suspect not.
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) November 30, 2013
Ozil did touch the ball, Giroud was offside, but still – always play to the whistle!
— LadyArse (@LadyArse) November 30, 2013