The French forward scored two goals in the win and was a big reason his side was able to advance in the prestigious tournament.
Giroud did not get the start as Yaya Sanogo was given a chance to shine at Emirates Stadium. He was then substituted into the match to bring some life to the attack in a 1-1 match.
Unfortunately, his day started with a huge mistake as he entered the box too early during Mikel Arteta's penalty shot in the 68th minute, resulting in a yellow card and a retake. Fortunately, his teammate was able to make the second shot as well:
2-1 to #afc. Arteta ice-cool against his old club. Calmly puts in penalty again after 1st ruled out for Giroud encroaching (Barry fouled Ox)— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) March 8, 2014
The good news is that Giroud was able to make up for this mistake later in the match with the result still hanging in the balance. With Arsenal holding just a 2-1 lead in the 83rd minute, Bacary Sagna found the forward cutting toward the net, who finished perfectly to get the club's third goal of the match.
As analyst Iain Macintosh noted, this was a great display of movement without the ball to get open:
The movement from Giroud there. I sincerely hope that Sanogo is watching and taking notes.— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) March 8, 2014
He showed this ability once again just two minutes later on a counterattack against a wide open Everton defence. Mesut Ozil was able to find Giroud running alongside him to the left, and the forward was once again just able to hit a touch past Joel Robles in the net.
The club's Twitter account was certain to point out everyone involved in this impressive score:
At this point, WhoScored.com noted how good Giroud has been throughout the season:
Olivier Giroud: Has now scored his third brace at the Emirates this season #AFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 8, 2014
Olivier Giroud: Has scored (17) or assisted (8) 25 goals in his 37 apps for Arsenal in all competitions #AFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 8, 2014
The player was looking for a third goal a few minutes later, but he could not finish the opportunity, as noted by Fox Soccer Trax:
87 Giroud was thinking hat trick when Rosicky got him a chance on the 18, but this time the shot flies wide 4-1— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) March 8, 2014
Still, this was a fantastic effort to give the club a brace when it was needed in an important match. This puts Arsenal just two victories away from FA Cup glory, which would be the club's first trophy of any kind since 2005.
Manager Arsene Wenger explained why this match was so important, via Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star:
It is vital to win a trophy this season. That’s how important it is. Yes, we want to win and we are in a position where we can do it. We want to do it of course.
For us beating Everton is vital because we had such a disappointing result at Stoke (a 1-0 defeat last week) and a non-convincing performance offensively and of course we need a great response tomorrow. What we produced last week was not good enough.
With a tough matchup against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and a four-point deficit to Chelsea in the English Premier League, it appears as though the FA Cup is the best chance to come away with a trophy.
This is what made Giroud's performance so big. He came through with a strong effort in a big match despite only playing for about a third of the contest.
Arsenal fans will hope that he can continue this momentum with more strong performances in the future.
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