Arsenal spent most of this summer trying to locate a new striker to act as back-up for French international Olivier Giroud. In reality the players they targeted suggest otherwise - with Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain far more likely to take over from Giroud than play second fiddle to the former Montpellier forward.
But it doesn’t seem like they need anyone else, as Giroud, much like he has throughout his career, is having an exceptional second season in North London.
He has scored five goals in six games so far this season - and with injuries to Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo, and NIcklas Bendtner on an intense fitness regime to get into shape, his fitness was paramount to Arsenal’s success. So when he limped off at the Stadium of LIght there was obviously some worry.
Giroud had scored in the game, tucking away a Mesut Ozil assist. But his knee injury had Arsene Wenger understandably anxious, considering that Chuba Akpom was his next option in the striker department - the 17-year-old making the matchday squad on Wearside yesterday.
Wenger said after the game, in regards to the injury:
"That's my worry today after the game. We are very thin at the moment. [It is] a knee problem. He is the player at the moment that would be very difficult for us [to replace]."
With knee problems there is always a worry - and with Arsenal’s injury list growing by the day Gooners would have been worried that their leading marksman would be joining Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and co in the treatment room.
But after the game Giroud announced via his Twitter account that his knee was, and I quote, ‘OK’.
My knee is ok don't worry! Thanks for your support!— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) September 14, 2013
Now weirdly, Giroud’s account is not verified by Twitter as ‘officiel’ but the personal pictures and whatnot on the page suggests that this is legitimate. It is also linked to his official Facebook page and Instagram - and in the past, details on the account have proven to be accurate.
So Arsenal fans, don’t fear - it seems Giroud is fine.