Cometh the moment, cometh Olivier Giroud. After his fine performance against Bournemouth last week, leading Arsenal to a 3-3 draw after trailing 3-0 with two assists and a goal, the French striker struck again yesterday.
Arsenal were standing on the brink of having to add another difficult game to their already packed schedule, with Preston looking set to earn a high-profile FA Cup third round replay at the Emirates Stadium, until Giroud netted a late winner.
Whilst a lot of the credit has to go to Lucas Perez for his superb involvement in the goal, providing the assist with a perfect back-heel, Giroud has proved his critics wrong and has shown he can be reliable when it comes down to business.
Having netted in all four of Arsenal’s last games, all of which he’s earned rare starts in, Arsene Wenger surely cannot drop their in-form talisman for the forthcoming matches and Arsenal fans took to social media to praise another fine performance.
Wassup with Giroud and late goals ????
— Frankie (@KingFrankie7) January 7, 2017
Giroud is the saving grace of Arsenal????
— ❄ Maddie ❄ ⛄ (@Madeeeehaa) January 7, 2017
He keeps getting under valued but giroud is arsenal's hero right now
— E.C.E (@Elvis_corp) January 7, 2017
Giroud, arsenal's unsung hero for quite some time now
— roland acquaah (@roland_tweets) January 7, 2017
Giroud making an early burst for the Ballon d'Or #Hero
— Mason Brown (@MasonBrown23) January 7, 2017
Been a long time since I have, but I take back any bad word said about Giroud. What an absolute hero.
— Toby Irish (@TobyIrish1) January 7, 2017
Giroud is my hero, even with that gross bushy beard ❤️
— Em (@Emma_Brockwell) January 7, 2017