1 Accurate shot, 0 key passes: Olivier Giroud misses opportunity to impress in Stoke defeat

Olivier Giroud wasted an ideal opportunity to impress Arsene Wenger as Arsenal hosted Stoke on Saturday.

Stoke held on to beat Arsenal 3-2 after a dramatic afternoon at the Britannia Stadium. The result brought an end to Arsenal's run of three successive wins and ended a losing sequence of three for the hosts.

Given a rare starting opportunity ahead of Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud did little to impress.

At 1-0 down, the Frenchman had a fantastic chance to get his side level and change the momentum of the game. Inexplicably, he headed wide with the goal at his mercy. This opportunity summed up his display; a lazy, lacklustre performance.

  Total ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Chances CreatedPass Accuracy (%)Total PassesDribblesAerial WonDispossessedMins
Olivier Giroud 3 33 0 79 19 0 0 6 63

Giroud accumulated just 31 touches in total, and while his link-up play was acceptable - he recorded a 79% pass completion rate - he appeared to slow down the Gunners play whenever in possession. He failed to record a single key pass in this showing; a particularly telling statistic. 

More importantly, he squandered three scoring chances, hitting the target from just a single attempt; opportunities you would whole-heatedly expect the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla to convert.

Giroud offered very little in the way of positive contribution and he cut a frustrated figure, before eventually being replaced by Lukas Podolski. After the impact he had as a substitute against Southampton on Wednesday, Arsene Wenger could be convinced that a 'bit-part' role would suit Giroud best.

This notion is further reinforced by the impact made Danny Welbeck. The England international made an instant impression after joining the action in the second-half, coming closer to scoring than anyone had previously; including Giroud himself.

Considering Welbeck's current form, the Frenchman could expect a spell on the sidelines for the Gunners' upcoming fixtures. If this is the case, the Emirates faithful shouldn't feel to aggrieved.  

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