Arsenal hosted West Brom today at the Emirates Stadium, and left it late before sealing all three points.
Arsene Wenger decided to change things up following the recent successive losses to Everton and Manchester City, with Alexis Sanchez returning to his place on the wing and Olivier Giroud coming in up front.
The Frenchman was given his first start of the season, and thank god for that, as he was the man to break the deadlock.
We started the game in dominant fashion with our side seeing much of the ball, and that didn’t change as the game went on. West Brom were doing well enough to keep us pegged back, but were not committing numbers forward when on the ball.
Claudio Yacob was crucial in blocking a number of key passes and runs into the box, but luckily he couldn’t deny us for the full match-up.
It was our old trusted pairing of last season, as Mesut Ozil found Olivier Giroud for the winner.
Özil's cross finds the head of Giroud who nods it home. 1-0 pic.twitter.com/WzPpyJZvkY
— Terje (@TerjeAFC) December 26, 2016
Now I’d be lying if I claimed that the French striker was amazing today, but he did what he does best, just as Diego Costa does for Chelsea, scoring that crucial goal despite his performance during the game.
We needed this win even more-so given our recent losses, and it must be relieving to be back on track.
Will Giroud get his chance to continue in the first-team thanks to his winner? Or does his performance warrant his return to the sidelines?