By Amir Mir
Olivier Giroud provided an assist during his 24-minute cameo appearance for Arsenal in their 2-0 win over Reading – and fans on Twitter were delighted with his impact.
Striker Giroud came off the bench to help winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain net a brace, which helped the north London club progress to the quarter-final stage of the EFL Cup.
France international Giroud made a return from a toe injury he suffered against PSG during the Gunners Champions League fixture in September.
Fans lauded the impact the target-man had on the team and stated how important he will be for the north London club this season.
Supporters were pleased to see him make a return and expressed how he will be manager Arsene Wenger’s plan B for this term with his height, power and physical presence.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Giroud has played five Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup games this term, but is yet to start a game or find the back of the net.
Alexis Sanchez has been principally utilised in a forward role, where he has scored six goals in 12 appearances in all competitions.
Wenger’s side are unbeaten in their last 13 games, with their last defeat coming on the opening day of the Premier League season, when they lost 4-3 to Liverpool at the Emirates stadium.
As a result the north London club are second in the league table with 20 points, level on points with first place Manchester City and the Reds, who are third.
In other Arsenal team news, supporters on Twitter voiced their concern over Lucas Perez’ during their 2-0 win over Reading.