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Olivier Giroud has, somewhat deservedly, been the subject of much criticism and derision from Arsenal fans this season because of his inability to score goals on a consistent basis.
It is true that a striker’s main job is to introduce the ball to the net. But there is so much more to the Frenchman’s game than simple scoring.
As Arsene Wenger pointed out recently, Giroud works extremely hard to support the rest of the midfield and attack and win the ball back when Arsenal lose it. After nine days’ rest, Giroud had the energy to sprint around the pitch to pressure Villa.
His goal also indicates how technically skilled he is, which is even more remarkable in a large target man. He made bringing down a lofted pass in between two players seem remarkably easy, and finished coolly.
That is the sort of player that needs supporting, not replacing.