Penalty shy?

Strikers cannot avoid taking penalties, says Ian Wright

Last Updated: 12/11/12 2:49pm

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Ian Wright is happy that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is attacking with venom but cannot believe he did not take the penalty.

"As a striker, I have missed one the week before and if I got a chance the next - and I was quite pleased because you want to eradicate the last one. You know if you score this one then you are back on form."

Ian Wright

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Arsenal, who blew a 2-0 advantage against Schalke on Tuesday, did the same against Fulham before recovering to 3-3 and while Giroud's brace got Arsenal back in the game, Wright says he could have earned the Gunners a crucial three points if he stood up and took the penalty that Mikel Arteta missed.

"I am really pleased with Giroud, he keeps on going and it is what Arsenal need," Wright said on Goals on Sunday.

"For his first goal, it was great to see an Arsenal player with that sort of commitment in the penalty box - we have not seen goals like that from Arsenal for a long time where someone is really attacking it with real venom, it is great to see."

"However I cannot understand why he did not take the penalty, " added Wright who played 221 times for Arsenal.

"He is on two goals, did he not want a hat-trick? He missed one in the Capital One Cup but he is a penalty taker.

"As a striker, I have missed one the week before and if I got a chance the next I was quite pleased because you want to eradicate the last one. You know if you score this one then you are back on form.

"You are going to miss a couple in a season. But what happens if he is on the pitch and Arteta is not? Is he going to be scared and not take it?

"You have to keep on taking them until the boss takes you off them. You can't just not take a penalty as a forward!"