Olivier Giroud is not enjoying a good time of it at the moment, or at least not any more - and won't be amused to learn his midweek replacement actually outperformed even his best games this season in a couple of areas.
Yaya Sanogo, making only his second start for the club, may not have scored - but his efforts throughout the difficult fixture with Bayern Munich cannot be faulted.
With his supply for goalscoring chances limited, barring an early effort from which he forced Manuel Neuer into an impressive reaction save, there were at least areas of his game which did shine through against the Germans.
- Yaya Sanogo won 10 aerial duels against Bayern Munich.
* This was a Champions League record for 2013/14, more than any player in any game.
* The figure eclipses Olivier Giroud's personal best for the season in any match. His top 10 can be seen below:
|Olivier Giroud||Swansea vs Arsenal||06||9|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Man Utd||26||8|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Spurs||03||7|
|Olivier Giroud||Fulham vs Arsenal||02||7|
|Olivier Giroud||Man Utd vs Arsenal||11||6|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Stoke||05||6|
|Olivier Giroud||Sunderland vs Arsenal||04||6|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Southampton||12||5|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Aston Villa||01||5|
|Olivier Giroud||West Ham vs Arsenal||18||5|
- Yaya Sanogo made three interceptions against Bayern as he worked to get his team back in the game.
* This figure is higher than any Arsenal striker has made this season. In fact Giroud has only made more than one interception on one occasion, and then not as high as Sanogo's tally.
|Olivier Giroud||Swansea vs Arsenal||06||2||90|
|Nicklas Bendtner||Man City vs Arsenal||16||1||14|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Chelsea||17||1||90|
|Olivier Giroud||Newcastle vs Arsenal||19||1||86|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Fulham||22||1||90|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||24||1||84|
|Olivier Giroud||Man City vs Arsenal||16||1||76|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal vs Southampton||12||1||90|
|Olivier Giroud||West Brom vs Arsenal||07||1||85|
|Olivier Giroud||Sunderland vs Arsenal||04||1||89|
While aerial duels and goals do not make for a win, it's hard to put together any kind of persuasive argument that barring being able to take the penalty instead of Ozil; Giroud would have done a better job than the youngster.
Sanogo has shown enough promise to argue that he should be handed a role against Sunderland at the weekend, a game where he should see far more of the ball, and ideally score his first goal in an Arsenal shirt.
image: © joncandy