After a long injury layoff coupled with a barren run in front of goal, Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud returned to his old ways by finding the back of the net twice against a tame Sunderland outfit.
In fact, the French striker took little time to introduce himself as he managed to score with his very first touch in the game. After receiving an incisive lofted pass, Giroud put his left leg to great use as he slotted the ball past a helpless Jordan Pickford in goal. Moments later, with his second touch, Giroud once again saw his shot rattle the back of the net.
His movement throughout the game was inch-perfect, and earned a lot of plaudits on social media. Take a look:
Olivier Giroud 👏
First touch = goal.
Second touch = goal.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) October 29, 2016
We’ll win a lot of games using Giroud off the bench. I think Boro would’ve been one of them last week. Such a useful option.
— CD14 (@c_d_14) October 29, 2016
Giroud has scored 2 league goals in 72 mins this season.
The same total as Kane, in 422 mins.#NorthLondon
— David Wall (@1DavidWall) October 29, 2016
Proud to have been one of the only ones to stand by Giroud through the tough last few months
— Olly (@Giroudesquee) October 29, 2016
Tears…if Giroud scores more than Ibra as a 2nd choice CF…
— F. (@Fattcheeked) October 29, 2016
That’s the best thing of having depth in the team. With Ramsey and Giroud coming on, I’ve forgotten that we’re actually missing Cazorla.
— Abubakar Hussein (@awesomehabibi) October 29, 2016
This game shows why we needed Giroud against Middlesbrough when we needed to switch to plan B.
— Erskine Amoakuh (@skinnoo) October 29, 2016
Never have I been so jealous of an inanimate object but that camera that Giroud kissed…
— GRude (@GiveIt2Giroud) October 29, 2016
Boss: Giroud you know what to do… Just get the ball in!!!
Giroud: Say No More! pic.twitter.com/AArd5MxXhB
— Amy Ox-Chambo (@ibetapassmynebo) October 29, 2016
Thank God we’ve got a world class striker. #giroud
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 29, 2016
This striker Arsenal have just brought on could be the answer to all their problems. #Giroud
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 29, 2016
Arsenals plan B Giroud taking care of things. 2 good crosses 2 goals today in this game. Old school ways!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 29, 2016
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