Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over West Brom on Boxing Day with Olivier Giroud grabbing a late goal to clinch all three points.
Arsene Wenger’s men took until the 86th minute to break down a resolute Baggies side with Mesut Ozil delivering the ball from which Giroud headed home.
The goal means that Arsenal have now scored in all 21 Premier League game against West Brom – the best record in the competition, according to Opta.
21 – Arsenal have scored in all 21 of their Premier League games against WBA, the best 100% record in the competition. Bagged.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2016
Giroud was handed his first Premier League start of the season on Boxing Day, with Alexis Sanchez moving out wide as Wenger made changes to his side following consecutive defeats to Everton and Manchester City.
The change certainly proved dividends with Giroud scoring the only goal of the game, his seventh goal in his last five starts for the Gunners in all competitions.
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While was not at his best against Sunderland he has certainly provided yet another decisive moment, in much the same vein as his late winner against Manchester United.
Whether he remains in the starting line-up for the visit of Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day remains to be seen but he is certainly playing a crucial role in the club’s title charge this season