If Olivier Giroud needed a big performance, this game against Chelsea was it.
Having failed to score in recent games against Napoli, and Manchester City, his recent form whether it be down to fatigue or not has done little to dissuade from the view Arsenal need an extra striker if they are to maintain their title push.
Arsenal have seen their lead at the top of the table evaporate in recent weeks, now having to share it with Liverpool - and the fact their top striker hasn't scored since November 23 is partly to do with it.
He has been unlucky of course, hitting the bar in injury time against Everton a prime example, but his miss when put through by Aaron Ramsey in the second half was dissected after the game in the Sky Studio with former defender Gary Neville criticising his poor technique.
He was hardly the only one to criticise. Arsenal fan Piers Morgan relentlessly Tweeted through the game and after it his displeasure with the club's number 12.
Giroud looking out of his depth in a big game once again. Just too slow. #Afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 23, 2013
We've looked weak in midfield and woeful upfront. #Afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 23, 2013
Giroud disappears against every big team. Good player, big heart, works hard...but not good enough to win us trophies. #Afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 23, 2013
Midfield and strikers useless all game and Wenger hasn't replaced one of them. Shockingly bad management. #Afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 23, 2013
By the end it was even manager Arsene Wenger on the receiving end of the criticism. David Moyes must be glad Morgan doesn't support Manchester United!
For what it's worth, Giroud managed one of Arsenal's only two shots on target, and provided one key pass himself. He also won three aerial duels, touching the ball more times than winger Theo Walcott.
His passing accuracy of 65 per cent was also higher than opponent Fernando Torres, but being better than the Spaniard sadly counts for little nowadays.
Morgan's Twitter rant on Giroud may sit uncomfortably, as with criticism of any player, but it's hard to argue there's not a strong case on form to drop him against Newcastle and give Lukas Podolski a chance up front.