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Arsenal GIF: Olivier Giroud Misses Chance Against Everton

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterApril 16, 2013

For a scoreless draw, Arsenal's home match against Everton on Tuesday night produced a surprising number of chances. And Arsenal's Olivier Giroud was one of the primary culprits.

Giroud, a 26-year-old French forward, missed a number of chances in the draw, including what could have been a tap-in at the end of an Arsenal counter late in the second half.

Santi Cazorla led the attack and laid off for second-half substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right side of the box. The Ox had a clear view of Tim Howard's goal but opted to center the ball for Giroud.

With Seamus Coleman pressuring him, Giroud was unable to produce a clean shot on goal. Instead, the ball looped away from the goal and flew harmlessly into Howard's hands. A GIF image of the chance appears below.

 

Minutes later, Giroud displayed excellent ball skills to set himself up for another shot in the box. But this shot flew well over the bar from close distance. That chance can be seen here (h/t @Arsenalist).

In the first half, the French striker missed another tough chance. Aaron Ramsey crossed from the right, and Giroud's first-time shot went wide.

Giroud has scored 11 league goals in his debut season for Arsenal. With the result, the Gunners moved two points clear of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in third place. Spurs have one game in hand, and Chelsea have two in hand.

 

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