France international Olivier Giroud has had a wild ride of a season so far. After losing his place in the Arsenal starting lineup to Walcott and being booed off the pitch for France, the striker made a strong comeback by scoring a brace for the national side and then scoring for Arsenal as a super sub in two consecutive games. He was rewarded for his exploits by being handed a start against Everton; and capitalised perfectly, scoring one and hitting the post as Arsenal worked their way to a 2-1 win.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game, the player admitted that he was thrilled to have reclaimed the starting spot and also praised the team’s performance for the result (via Arsenal.com). He however was quick to make it clear that losing his spot to Theo was not a problem as long as the side benefited as a result: “To win a third time after the Bayern Munich and Watford game makes us very pleased. We wanted to keep it up against a good team.
“Everton played well and they are always dangerous up front. We needed to keep our focus high and we succeeded in scoring the two headers, but it was a shame that we conceded the goal before half-time.
“I maybe should have scored a second but the luck was not with me. It’s okay though because I’m pleased to help the team win. It’s always nice to score as a striker and it was a fantastic ball from Mesut so I tried to return the favour in the second half, but he didn’t want to score.
“We have a different profile with Theo, and he was doing well at the beginning of the season. I try to bring what I know I can do well for the team so I’m pleased with the header. It was really important for me to come back.”
Giroud also reserved some special praise for teammate Mesut Ozil, who provided the assist for the Frenchman’s goal with a well placed cross (via Arsenal.com). The German is in sensational form at the moment, and leads the Premier League assists charts with seven so far. Speaking to the Final Whistle, Giroud said, “It was a fantastic ball from Mesut. We have a good understanding on the pitch and I’m pleased for the team because we have given a really great performance with [plenty of] dedication and commitment.
“It was not so easy because we were tired after this strong week. Everton are always a tough team to play and that’s why we are tired but pleased tonight.”
The upcoming League Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday is another game that Giroud is likely to start, however with the form that both our forwards are in, Wenger could pick either one and the team would mould itself perfectly to that striker’s playing style. It has been a long, long time since we have been so confident all around the pitch, and it is a joy to behold Arsenal play at this level. Let’s hope the form lasts for some time yet.