It is not just the Arsenal centre forward Olivier Giroud that is responsible for putting the ball in the back of the net for the Gunners, of course, and the stats show you that the France international is actually doing his job very well this season when it comes to converting chances.
Having not kicked a ball in anger for Arsenal since we were held to a no score draw by Chelsea at the end of April as they cruised to the Premier League title last season, Danny Welbeck is understandably being treated with kid gloves by Arsene Wenger and the medical staff, but the England international forward is getting very close to being able to play for us again.
With a touch more luck, better finishing from the Arsenal forwards or a keeper that was not in such fine form as Fraser Forster, Arsenal would have gained a valuable three points and some revenge over Southampton last night. We didn’t of course, but that was no fault of Mesut Ozil as the German created a massive 10 chances and had two good attempts himself saved, so Ozil is my pick for our Man of the Match.
Things are not going well for Arsenal at the moment, especially our strikers, and whoever else finds themselves in a goalscoring position. The Gunners haven’t won any of our last four League games, and we haven’t scored in the last three. Theo Walcott hasn’t scored since before Christmas, not to mention blowing the easy one-on-one chance in the last minute against Burnley. Olivier Giroud was scoring for fun before Xmas, but in the last nine games, he has only scored in two of them.
So the Gunners have now completed three full games without putting the ball in the back of the net once, but last night against Southampton it certainly wasn’t through lack of chances. The first half was a bit more even and it was Mesut Ozil that came the closest a few times and we had to wait until the 44th minute before we saw Olivier Giroud kneeling down with his head in his hands, which is traditional celebration after a miss….