Many fans were verbally unhappy with the decision to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 65th minute in last nights 1-0 win over Southampton at Emirates. With the score still at 0-0, were the boos justified? It turns out they weren’t.
Arsene Wenger opted to keep on Danny Welbeck who was far more involved than The Ox who looked a shadow of the player that tore West Bromwich Albion and Borussia Dortmund apart. Enter Olivier Giroud. The game changed and Arsenal looked a lot more menacing in attack.
Although Oxlade-Chamberlain has been one of our best players recently, he was clearly struggling to get involved and was not on the money last night. A slip up on an exciting counter attack summed up his night.
It’s been too easy for Arsenal fans to jump on the managers back when he makes a decision recently. Yes things haven’t been going our way for periods of the season but when we’re 0-0 at home and dominating possession the team needs our support. And luckily that’s what they got in the final 20 minutes.
Giroud came on for the Ox and had an immediate impact with a well connected volley forcing Forster’s to save and helped to tee up Welbeck in a promising position.
The Frenchman then played a vital part in the winner, harassing the otherwise solid Southampton back line and should’ve been awarded a penalty for a handball. But he kept fighting and Aaron Ramsey was consequently allowed the chance to cross to Alexis who made no mistake.
Arsene Wenger got it spot on last night and we need to continue to get behind the side.