Although it was a fantastic team performance that won us the game against Manchester City, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin have been receiving most of the plaudits. Stats suggest Olivier Giroud was an overlooked star performer however, with the Frenchman putting in a monumental effort against the Citizens, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 28-year-old ran a total of 7.4 miles over the course of the game, more than any other player involved. He was our main attacking outlet in what was a disciplined and defensive display, but also tracked back regularly to put in a tackle.
He didn’t allow himself to tire however, and was constantly hungry for goals. After heading in Arsenal’s second from a Cazorla set piece, he was eager to add to his tally.
The talented target man should have had his brace put on a plate for him, Tomas Rosicky playing Mathieu Flamini into space down the right. The French midfielder had only to square the ball to his unmarked compatriot for a tap in, but saw his tame pass intercepted by Vincent Kompany.
Giroud has become a vital part of our setup, and although his contributions are not always recognised, he is constantly giving his all for the club.