Finally, Olivier Giroud in the 41st minute against West Ham scored his first goal for Arsenal in the Premier League this season. Arsenal came from behind to secure a competitive 3-1 win on Saturday night.
West Ham had started the weekend above Arsenal on the table and welcomed back Andy Carroll for his first start since that sensational debut against Fulham. Arsenal dominated in the second half, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey ran the midfield, pushing back West Ham throughout.
Giroud failed to hit the net with Walcott's backheel and Cazorla came through before slashing a shot wide when he should have hit the target. With 13 minutes left, Arsenal finally found an opening when Giroud's excellent touch put Walcott through in the right-hand channel. He found his footing and fired home.
Arsene Wenger on Giroud's goal said, "In similar situations he nearly scored like that against Olympiacos on Wednesday night. He was good today. He had the physical presence and scored the goal. That will help him a lot I think to adapt very quickly."
It took several Premier League matches for Giroud to have a "physical presence." Several critics started to question if Giroud was worth his hefty contract. The Frenchman just needed time to adjust to the talent level of the league. He had all the talent in the world; he just wasn't finding his openings like he had for his former club. Giroud was always a threat, it just seemed like he wasn't connecting on a lot of his shots on goal and his confidence was possibly taking a hit for it. His positive attitude never seemed to diminish throughout his early slump.
Against West Ham the cheap yellow on Gervinho was really bad. If the referees absolutely felt they were in the right, why did they hesitate before issuing it? It looked like a junk call to me. It seems like anytime Arsenal is in a situation where they have to come back, the refs get involved and the flow of the game goes to the wayside. A comeback is hard enough without the refs getting so involved that it frustrates fans watching at home or in the stadium.
Note: I've been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade. My cousin got me interested in the squad at a young age.
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