Arsenal reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup last night with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Reading, where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a brace to see the Gunners advance.
One of the side stories to the evening was the return of Olivier Giroud from injury and the Frenchman did not disappoint, contributing with tremendous build-up play for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s second of the evening, 13 minutes from the final whistle.
The Euro 2016 finalist faces a tough task in getting ahead of an in-form Alexis Sanchez for a striker role in Arsene Wenger’s side but he has earned support from one team-mate following last night’s win.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 25, 2016
Ozil did not feature last night as he was one of many first-team regulars to be rested but the German will return for this weekend’s trip to rock-bottom Sunderland in the Premier League, where Arsenal can move top of the table – albeit on a temporary basis.
Giroud will be fighting for a space in the squad and may make an impact off the bench, whilst he could start next week in Arsenal’s Champions League trip to Bulgaria as the Gunners are likely to rotate against Ludogorets ahead of a crucial North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur.