In Arsenal’s last game against a title rival, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both found the back of the net.
Walcott has since started seven Premier League games, and appeared in eight, but hasn’t scored. A slightly better return has come from Giroud, two goals against Liverpool represented his total in eight starts.
As good as those goals were, it isn’t enough. Giroud has had a good season so far, but Arsenal need to win games between now and May and to do that, the team needs goals. The return of Alexis Sánchez lightens the burden somewhat but, after a month without a goal, is Wenger satisfied with Giroud’s output?
“Not so much because on Sunday he gave the ball to Mesut Özil on the first goal,” answered the Arsenal manager. “An assist or goal is, for me, exactly the same for a striker.”
While that’s true on the scoreboard, Arsenal do badly need goals and Sunday is no different.
When Arsenal beat Leicester 5-2 back in September, both Walcott and Giroud notched. The Englishman started up front and equalised after the hosts took an early lead, Giroud came off the bench to cap the win. Their respective form and that game back in September may see Wenger line up with Walcott again this weekend, but Giroud did grab that crucial assist a week ago.