Giroud the super-sub
Considering that he had just scored a glorious, powerful header in the closing minute of a contest at Old Trafford to earn his team a vital point Olivier Giroud’s celebrations were noticeably muted. This almost certainly is a reflection of the Frenchman’s frustration at a lack of game time so far this season and it was significant that he had to be content with a place on the bench as Alexis Sanchez came straight back into the starting eleven after injury.
Incidentally the Chilean international looked short of fitness and sharpness and, with Arsenal looking like slipping to their first Premier League defeat since the opening day of the campaign, it was left up to Giroud to perform the match-saving heroics. He timed his run perfectly in the 89th minute to meet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross with a picture-perfect piece of centre-forward play, just when his team needed him the most. In fact it is only a couple of weeks since the Frenchman came off the bench to inspire Arsenal to a victory against Sunderland prior to the international break and he is proving to be the perfect Plan B for Wenger in the striking department.
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