Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Olivier Giroud’s ability to poach a goal out of nothing is proving vitally important for Arsenal in matches they are struggling to dominate.
The HFB scored the Gunners opener in their 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday to take his tally for the season to 12 goals in 21 appearances and the strike, applied first time to a Mesut Ozil corner, had his team mate purring.
“Oli’s always there or thereabouts when it comes to scoring goals,” Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.
“That’s just what we need – he can score goals not just when we’re dominating the game but he can really turn the game on its head with a goal from a set-piece or out of nothing and that’s what he did.
“In the first half we weren’t so in control of the game but Oli’s always in the right place at the right time and he’s a poacher in the box as well as a great hold-up man for us. He got another important goal for us and I think his performance was really good.”
After his poor performance against Monaco, nobody looked more relieved at the ball nestling in Tim Howard’s net than Giroud. Fair play to him, he put in a real shift after a tough week.
Arsenal’s other goal scorer, Tomas Rosicky, also played up the importance of the three points given the intense media scrutiny Arsene Wenger’s squad has been under since Wednesday.
“You could see that the lads were affected by it and the technical level of our game was not there,” Rosicky told Arsenal Player.
“It was difficult as we were affected by the loss to Monaco but you go through disappointments throughout the season, you just have to fight through it.
“I’m glad we have these three points, it’s very important for the confidence of the whole team.
“It was a difficult game. We weren’t at our best after the disappointing night against Monaco, so it was very important to win and get the three points which we managed in the end.”
Six wins in seven matches in the Premier League is a decent run, however, it’s pretty obvious there’s absolutely no room for complacency when we visit QPR on Wednesday night.
Despite closing the gap on second place Manchester City to four points, the form of Liverpool, Manchester United and Sp*rs means we’re only six points from dropping to seventh. As a red-faced whiskey soaked c*nt once said, ‘It’s squeaky bum time.’