If there is one thing for sure when it comes to Arsenal and the crucial Champions League game at home to the French champions at PSG on Wednesday it6 is that Olivier Giroud will be expecting his name to be in the starting line up. If it is not then the France international star will have every reason to be asking his manager why.
To be fair to Arsene Wenger I can understand his reasoning in not starting Giroud against Manchester United today, even though I thought he should have done. It is not so much about the failings of the big Frenchman as the impact and influence that Alexis Sanchez has had in the central striking role.
But if you go by the same factors of impact and influence then no Arsenal player has been better than Giroud of late. His equalising goal today was not only important in that it stopped us from falling to a first defeat since the opening day and allowing Man United to close the gap between us to three points, it was a classic striker’s goal.
He showed all the desire, determination, physical po0wer and ability that you could ask for, just as he did when he came on to score with his first two touches to secure the win at Sunderland. Can Wenger really keep ignoring him?