You should always be critical of your own players, but within the bounds of good sense.
If neutrals were trawling through tweets about Olivier Giroud going goalless (again), you couldn't blame them for jumping on the bandwagon in painting him as the French Fernando Torres.
Are Arsenal in a win-now mentality like Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea? No.
Exercise some patience. Giroud has the package to become a world-class forward for the Gunners.
Some of the opinions against Arsenal's No. 12 are beyond flawed.
Olivier Giroud is no Robin van Persie
That is, the same RVP that took eight agonisingly long seasons to play out one full campaign.
If you were willing to wait with Robin, do the same with Giroud.
Olivier Giroud chokes in front of goal
He came off the bench for his debut against Leicester and threatened the North Bank regulars with his scattergun shooting.
He took nine games to open his Arsenal account but a brace against Derby announced his arrival as a decent finisher.
Within a few years he was regarded as the best striker in the world.
The North Bank could stop ducking and start celebrating.
We all know it's a description of the greatest Gunner ever—Thierry Henry.
He is an example of how you can go from zero to hero.
Olivier's shots per league goal (9.4) is wayward, but it's in the same ballpark as Jermain Defoe (10.4) and Carlos Tévez (8.5).
The two aforementioned players are seasoned Premier League forwards. Giroud, on the other hand, went from being the man at Montpellier to Arsenal. He isn't even guaranteed a starting gig every week with the North London club.
Just look at Olivier's history and you'll see a familiar pattern—he takes time to acclimatise to a new environment.
The Frenchman exponentially improved in his second season with Tours and Montpellier.
Olivier Giroud isn't a game-changer
Don't downplay what Olivier brings just because he doesn't glide past players like Luis Suárez or persistently pop up in the right place at the right time like Michu.
Giroud leads the team in aerial duels won per game (3.9) and his four assists in the UEFA Champions League suggest he can replicate his all-round displays from Ligue 1 in the Premier League.
He is a complete forward like a certain Ivorian.