Arsenal star justified the faith shown in him against Everton

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud put in a sound performance against Everton.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud repaid the faith shown in him by boss Arsene Wenger with a solid outing during the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Everton in the Premier League.

The French international was berated in the run-up to Sunday’s encounter due to his wasteful display during the Champions League defeat to Monaco on Wednesday.

During that forgettable night at the Emirates Stadium, the former Montpellier striker missed a succession of chances and was rightfully hauled off midway through the second half.

However, arguably against popular opinion, Wenger decided to rename Giroud in the starting XI for the visit of the Toffees on Sunday, and his choice was justified as the striker put in an impressive display.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesAerial Duels WonTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Olivier Giroud 1 6 1 6 50 22 2 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 28-year-old was heavily involved throughout the 90 minutes and demonstrated his attacking qualities to a rather relieved Emirates crowd.

Giroud showed no signs of a lack of confidence as he notched up six shots over the 90 minutes and created one chance via a key pass.

Moreover, the Frenchman won six aerial battles and proved to be quite the team player, taking 50 touches and laying off 22 accurate passes – although there is still room for improvement in this area.

One area which will impress Wenger was his willingness to work hard up front and stop the visitors from playing out from the back – illustrated by his two ball recoveries.

Like Mertesacker, one bad game should not detract from what has been a very solid season overall, and the North London outfit's fans should remember how crucial Giroud has been since the turn of the year.

The victory maintains the Gunners’ place in the top four, and with Liverpool and Manchester United both winning, the race for the Champions League qualification spots is looking like going to the wire.

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