Oliver Giroud’s recent struggles in an Arsenal shirt have been well documented. Fans have a love-hate relationship with the Frenchman, to say the least. When he plays well he is applauded but when he doesn’t he is the first one to blame for poor results.
Many criticise the lack of a world-class striker at the club and, at times, Giroud shows flashes that he can be that player, but the facts are he has failed to find the net in 11 matches, dating back to early January.
With the title challenge withering away, pressure mounting, and Giroud massively underperforming, Arsene Wenger called upon 25-year-old Englishman Danny Welbeck to lead the line against Spurs. The England international, having featured in just three games prior to the game against Tottenham Hotspur this season, and scoring probably the most memorable goal of the season against Leicester City, did well. He proved that he is the perfect alternative to Giroud, over the invisible man also known as Theo Walcott. Welbeck’s emergence into the team has given Wenger a choice to make up top and the ex-Manchester United centre forward’s contrast in style to the out of form Giroud makes him the perfect man for the job.