Arsenal's Olivier Giroud was superb in win over Leicester City

Giroud Celebrates

Arsenal defeated Leicester City 2-1 with Danny Welbeck scoring on his return.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud put in a truly remarkable performance as his side defeated Premier League title rivals Leicester City 2-1 with a last-gasp winner at the Emirates Stadium.

Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead, netting from the penalty spot following a debatable decision.

For long spells it looked like the visitors would extend their amazing run at the top of the table, yet two late goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck on his return completed a superb turnaround.

Welbeck will undoubtedly grab the headlines after his long-awaited return from injury, but the real star of the show for the hosts was fellow striker Olivier Giroud who was magnificent throughout.

  ShotsKey PassesAerial Duels WonTouchesAccurate PassesAccurate LayoffsBall RecoveriesMins Played
Olivier Giroud 7 4 13 69 32 9 8 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the France international was heavily involved throughout the course of the 90-plus minutes and played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s 70th-minute equaliser.

Giroud got on the end of Hector Bellerin’s cross, superbly cushioned a header into Theo Walcott’s path and the former Southampton ace did the rest as he buried his shot past Kasper Schmeichel.

But that was not Giroud’s only telling contribution, as he also posted seven shots, four key passes, 13 aerial duels won, 69 touches, 32 accurate passes, nine accurate layoffs and eight ball recoveries.

Despite not getting on the scor-sheet himself, the former Montpellier striker put in an almost-perfect target man performance and he once again illustrated why he is so important to Arsene Wenger’s side.

Welbeck’s late winner takes the hosts to within two points of league leaders Leicester, a real turn-around from what looked like being an eight-point deficit for long periods at the Emirates Stadium.

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