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Stats say goal-a-game Giroud the difference for Arsenal

Who knows where Arsenal would be in the Premier League table if our France international front man Olivier Giroud had not suffered that freak damage to his Tibia while blocking a clearance in the last minute of our game against Everton in just the second EPL game of the season.

Giroud had just rescued a point for us with a fantastic header when he picked up his injury and the Gunners then had to do without him until he announced his comeback in style with that thunderous strike against Manchester United. Who knows whether we would have beat our old enemies if Giroud had been fit enough to start that game, but the stats on his finishing power this season, reported by eplindex.com certainly suggest so.

Has `Old School` Giroud nailed down Arsenal central role?

Ever since he signed for Arsenal over two years ago, the France international striker Olivier Giroud has divided opinion, both in the football media and among the Arsenal fans. While the big man has had plenty of praise for his hard work and contribution, many of us believed he would never be a good enough finisher to lead the Gunners to real success.

But after beating Aaron Ramsey to be the top scorer for Arsenal last season, Giroud has pushed on again in this campaign, starting with a great goal and a Man of the Match award in the Community Shield. And despite the arrival of Danny Welbeck and the former Man United man settling quickly, Giroud still seems to have his manager’s backing for the centre forward role.

Is this REALLY the best Arsenal attack under Wenger?

Arsene Wenger was understandably happy after his Arsenal team not only managed to beat an in form Newcastle United on Saturday, but managed to do it in such a convincing fashion that instead of having personal abuse hurled at him in a dingy train station in Stoke, the Frenchman heard `there’s only one Arsene Wenger` ringing around the Emirates stadium.

Although the manager has praised the team’s dynamic and balance recently, there is little doubt about which part of the Arsenal team was responsible for the fans’ happiness, with 10 goals scored in the last three games and some really top class strikers among them. The Gunners have conceded in all of those games and there is no doubt that our defence has not been the best this season, for various reasons.

How will Walcott fit in to awesome Arsenal attack?

I am not sure if the Arsenal and England international forward Theo Walcott is worried about getting his place back in the starting line-up for the Gunners, but the 25-year old is going to have to show Arsene Wenger some good form in training if he is to force his way into an Arsenal attacking line in good form and with good options already.

At the minute I expect Walcott and Wenger are focused solely on getting the speed merchant fit again after almost no competitive football for nearly a year. It was great news to hear that he did not need to undergo more surgery to fix that groin problem picked up with England in training about a month ago.

Arsenal v Newcastle review – First class finishing Guns down Magpies

Arsenal fans were understandably worried about which Arsenal team would be on display against Newcastle United at the Emirates today. Would it be the gutless Gunners that were simply blown away by Stoke City last weekend or would it be the awesome Arsenal that tore apart Galatasaray in Turkey?

And while Arsenal did not take the lead quite so early today, there was no sign of the timid performance that we put on at the Britannia stadium. The goal was not too long in coming either, giving Arsenal a rare first half lead in the Premier League. An excellent cross by Alexis was brilliantly headed in by the very sharp looking Giroud.

Will Arsenal ever REALLY get going this season?

Once again Arsenal fans have had to sit and watch our team fail to keep up the momentum and growing confidence that was building up after four good performances and three good results in a row. We were simply awful at the start of today’s Premier League game against Stoke City and once their ythird goal went in on the stroke of halftime, we gave ourselves too much to do.

The second half performance may have rescued a bit of self belief, but we failed to capitalise on our opponent’s poor form and our rivals’ struggles and it is not the first time that it has happened to us.

Wenger to risk Arsenal star DESPITE injury fears!

Although Arsene Wenger dismissed the idea that Arsenal are completely reliant on our summer signing Alexis Sanchez, the manager did accept that the Chile international is a massive player for us. As reported by ESPN, the manager spoke in glowing terms about his striker and all thge things he brings to the Arsenal team, including 14 goals already from just 22 games.

Wenger said, “He has a huge desire, no complex and a fighting attitude. Even when he misses something, it doesn’t affect him. I believe as well he is very mobile, very determined and he has the sense to be in the right place in the box.

Should Arsenal rotate BEFORE festive fixture list?

It was hard work for Arsenal and a very close run thing against a confident, tough and well organised Southampton side, especially with their keeper having one of those nights when it looked like nothing could beat him. But the Gunners kept going and Alexis grabbed us a deserved winner and made it three wins and three clean sheets in a row.

So now Arsenal can start to feel confident that we are strong in all areas of the pitch and can look ahead to the next month and the chance to make up some ground on the teams above us. And we also have some key players returning from injury in that time, with Theo Walcott and Wojciech Szczesny possibly this weekend followed by Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina and then Mikel Arteta all before christmas.

Giroud stats prove Arsenal MUST start him NOT Welbeck at Stoke!

Despite the fact that Olivier Giroud only came on to the pitch for Arsenal last night with 25 minutes left on the clock, meaning he played for about half an hour with the injury time added, I think the France international forward was a good candidate for the best player in an Arsenal shirt. The Southampton keeper Frasier Forster easily deserved his Man of the Match award.

Arsenal v Southampton Player Ratings – Koscielny Phenomenal!

Arsenal 1 – 0 Southampton Player Ratings by KJ

Martinez – 6
Another solid performance. He had no real saves to make and that’s why he isn’t getting a higher score but he was commanding throughout the game.

Chambers – 7
Another fairly solid defensive performance. Was pretty good offensively but lacked the option from Chamberlain at times.

Mertesacker – 7
It was a more solid performance which built on his game against West Brom. He was commanding.

Koscielny – 8 (MOTM)
He was cleaning up any attempts by Southampton to get attempts at our goal. He is just a phenomenal defender.

Arsenal v Southampton review – Alexis grabs Gunners win

Despite the fact that Arsenal have been playing better of late and the visitors Southampton have been showing signs that their Excellent early season form was falling away, Arsene Wenger would have known that his players would really have to be on their game to win.

And that became clear early on, after the Gunners started quickly. The Saints soon got right into the game and although Danny Welbeck had an early chance that he put wide, they soon had an even better one which Martinez was relieved to see fly over the bar.

Our Arsenal strikers CAN work in harmony

After scoring the only goal of the game to give Arsenal a much needed win away to West Brom in the Premier League, Danny Welbeck was asked about whether he would be happy playing on the left side of a front three, as he used to do for his former club Manchester United.

And although he didn’t say he would not be happy there, he stated once more that he sees himself as a centre forward and through the middle is where he wants to play. But with Olivier Giroud back from his tibia injury, that gives Arsene Wenger a problem, so how does the boss keep both his central strikers happy and do the best thing for the team?