The 1-0 win against West Brom over the weekend saw quite a few things going right for Arsenal; Danny Welbeck scored a good goal, something that will give him a massive boost of confidence, Santi Cazorla turned in his best performance of the season and the Ox looked lethal in the dying moments. And, of course, Koscielny and Giroud came back from their injury breaks.
Both Frenchmen were very visible in the game; the presence of Koscielny added stability to our defence and we actually looked comfortable at times, something that has been a rarity this season. Giroud, too, had some good moments, combining with Welbeck and Cazorla to create a couple of good chances. But he was unable to utilize his physical presence to full effect, and ended up being substituted.
Nevertheless, the French striker says that he was very happy to be back out on the field after so long and he complimented his teammates for a job well done. Giroud revealed that it was very frustrating for him, watching Arsenal’s struggles from the sidelines, and he now intended to do his best for the team.
I have been impatient and I have been looking forward to coming back in the starting XI. I am really pleased to come back earlier. It was a good game for me and the team.
The win was good, we are really pleased with the way we played even if we should have scored more goals. When you are injured you cannot help your teammates and it has been really frustrating for me. I tried to work hard at training and come back stronger.
It is good, sometimes, for your mental strength to go through this and this is why I am stronger. When you are far away from the pitch it is tough. I took a lot of pleasure from this game.
The Frenchman adds another dimension to our game, and alongside Welbeck he could cause opposition defences all sorts of problems. We have not played with two strikers up front for quite some time now, and this change in tactics could unsettle quite a few teams and give us the advantage. Especially with Sanchez sitting behind the front two, our attacking lines look more dangerous than they have in ages, and we must not forget that Theo Walcott will also be available soon.
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We are sixth after the weekend, a win against Southampton will see us climb even higher. If everything goes according to plan, then we will surely be among the Champions League spots come Christmas.