Super sub Olivier Giroud has spoken about his somewhat fortuitous goal against Bayern Munich yesterday, admitting that sometimes a striker requires a ‘helping hand from destiny’ to kick off a goal scoring phase (via the Mirror). The Frenchman started the game on the bench, but was brought on for Theo Walcott in the 76th minute. From then, it took all of three minutes for Giroud to get himself on the scoresheet and open the scoring for us.
Giroud was definitely deserving of that goal; he was the one who won the free kick in the first place. Cazorla’s deep kick was aimed towards Laurent Koscielny, but both Kos and his marker failed to get a touch on the ball. Even superman Manuel Neuer misjudged the flight of the ball and failed to get a hand on it despite charging forward. Thus, the ball fell to a slightly off balance Giroud, who bundled it over the line via deflections from his nose and hand.
While not the most elegant of strikes, no one will ever complain, least of all Giroud himself. He said, “For a striker it always works in cycles and I know that. You can’t start doubting yourself.
“All the qualities are there I just needed a helping hand from destiny, and tonight it worked out in my favour. Now we can look ahead.
“It’s good to have won this match because it means we’re still on track for the last 16, but we’ll need to beat Olympiakos and Zagreb, and why not cause Bayern a few problems over there.”
Giroud’s last four goals for us have now come off the bench, including two in the previous couple of games. While he seems to have found his shooting boots once more, it might be preferable to keep him on the bench for the time being. Walcott’s pace and movement up front allows us to play a much more mobile and dangerous game early on, while Giroud’s late introduction forces the opposition to deal with aerial balls and hold-up play at a time when the defenders are slowing down. Ultimately, the decision rests with the manager but if it isn’t broken, there is no need to change what seems to be a solid first XI for us.