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 is actually a better player than Ibrahimovic
— Werewooflexis (@Wooflexis) October 26, 2016
Giroud made an immediate contribution when he came on. Smart passes. A good header. He wants to show us all he's still a good striker.
— ㅤ (@Xhakaesque) October 26, 2016
Nice to see Jenkinson back aswell last night. Solid performance. Giroud returning aswell, adding more competition to the squad.
— Matt Sheppard (@matt_sheppard4) October 26, 2016
Giroud in 3 sub appearances got 2 assists ,shows you how important he is to us.against Burnley Southampton and Middlesborough we needed …
— Ömar Sherif. (@OmarSherif_AFC) October 26, 2016
@Arsenal its nice to see Olivier Giroud and jenko return last night…good game and good result..
— afeesco Omoniyi (@afeescosmart4me) October 26, 2016
Although a small cameo, Giroud showed what an effective player he is when he came on.
— Darren (@dazzyd001) October 26, 2016
Good to see Plan B come off the bench and help seal a game last night, Giroud will be an asset especially in the air. I hope Perez is OK.
— WestStandTone (@WestStandTone) October 26, 2016
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.