Andy Gray identifies Arsenal's main goalscorer - no need for Cavani?

Commentator and analyst Andy Gray believes Arsenal made a statement against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The sight of maligned Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud celebrating a vital goal scored against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon did not surprise Andy Gray, who believes the Frenchman is more than capable of leading the Arsenal line.

The 27-year-old may not be the first choice of Gunners fans, with some imploring manager Arsene Wenger to recruit a superior option in the transfer market as a move for Edinson Cavani seemed to be possible according to tabloid reports from the last month.

Yet it was Giroud who earned Arsenal a crucial away point in the 90th minute against the Toffees in a come-back from 2-0 down that raised the eyebrows of matchday commentators in this country, and abroad.

Andy Gray, who is based in Dubai with beinSports, said on Richard Keys's v-log, that: "At 2-0 down, Arsenal could have gone under.

"I did not see the come-back but from somewhere they dragged it out. Aaron Ramsey, who was a big miss last year [scored the first of Arsenal's come-back goals in the 83rd minute], and Giroud - this guy will get them goals.

"It was a big statement and they'll take tremendous confidence from that."

The sentiment coincides with Wenger's bullish remarks that the primary Arsenal striking weapon, Giroud, can return 25 goals this year - his largest haul to date.

He said post-match: "He scored 16 [in the Premier League last year]. You never have to set any limitations for any player. For me, he's improving every year and don't rule it out that he scores 25."

Concluding, Gray remarked: "Arsenal are stronger and there is a challenge in them. I think they can be closer than seven points this season. If they don't throw points away and suffer injury like last season, they're bound to be closer."

If Giroud does become the player to bag Arsenal 25 goals in the Premier League, Wenger will be vindicated and show that there was no need to spend £50m+ on Cavani - as supporters hoped throughout the summer.

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