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.
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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.