Olivier Giroud's Apology: Twitter Reacts to Arsenal Man's Message to Wife, Club

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 16, 2014

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud looks back as a goal kick is taken during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates stadium in London, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Olivier Giroud has taken to Twitter to apologise amid reports in the press that the Arsenal striker had an affair.

The French striker said sorry not just to his wife, but also to his club:

I apologise to my wife, family and friends and my manager, team-mates and Arsenal fans.

— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) February 16, 2014

I now have to fight for my family and for my club and obtain their forgiveness. Nothing else matters at the moment.

— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) February 16, 2014

Of course, Twitter users were straight on the story, with a multitude of views and angles on the story

First of all, there was humour:

Rather Giroud apologised for his miss against Utd tbh.

— Lawrence (@Lozia) February 16, 2014

Will Olivier Giroud start for Arsenal today, or does he only play away from home? #afc

— ITV Football (@itvfootball) February 16, 2014

 And of course Nicklas Bendtner, despite the story not being about him, was not spared:

So what about Olivier Giroud - Nicklas Bendtner has been having a love affair with himself for years.

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) February 16, 2014

While others suggested there should be no link between Giroud's affair and his professional life:

Making point of not clicking on Giroud stories. If you genuinely believe private life should stay private, do likewise. Otherwise pipe down

— Reda Maher (@Reda_Eurosport) February 16, 2014

A thousand times this: “@JacobSteinberg: Who gives a fuck what Olivier Giroud gets up to in his private life.”

— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) February 16, 2014

Some did try to venture a link between the affair and his club performance, however:

If it's right, as the apology seems to suggest, that it was in the hours before games, then it's private life impacting on professional.

— Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) February 16, 2014

And whatever the rights and wrongs of the news, one thing that was clear is that it could impact on Arsenal's striking options. Giroud was benched for the FA Cup game against Liverpool, meaning Arsene Wenger gave a start to the untested Yaya Sanogo: 

Olivier Giroud tweeting 90 minutes before a game about cheating on his wife? Superb English too.

— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) February 16, 2014

Be interesting to see if Giroud plays. If he's not, would explain why he chose to say this and not let rumours fester.

— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) February 16, 2014

We were going to speculate about why Olivier Giroud has been dropped but it's Sanogo area really

— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) February 16, 2014