Following a string of very good performances, Arsenal largely struggled in the high-profile clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but they managed to snatch a point thanks to a late goal from Olivier Giroud.
The Frenchman has already scored three league goals by coming off the bench this season, and considering that it was his tenth Premier League goal scored as a substitute, Giroud is now Arsenal’s record holder when it comes to number of league goals scored from the bench.
Nicklas Bendtner and Nwankwo Kanu were previous record holders with nine apiece, with the Nigerian scoring another eight goals playing for other Premier League clubs.
It is former Spurs star Jermaine Defoe who is by far the leading goalscorer from the bench, having bagged no fewer than 23 goals after coming on as a substitute.
Speaking of Olivier Giroud, he has yet to start his first Premier League fixture in the 2016/2017 season, so no wonder he is quickly getting frustrated by the lack of regular playing time.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to reveal that the Frenchman is angry at his current status in the squad, but the boss is happy to have such a quality option on the bench.
“He’s angry in a positive way,” Wenger told reporters at a press conference.
“I think we have the quality and the spirit on the bench… the two together makes us remarkably dangerous until the last minute.”
Olivier Giroud has now scored 10 goals in 24 substitute appearances in the Premier League, which is an excellent record, although he would certainly prefer to be starting most games.
Given his prolific performances, the French striker probably deserves to feature more frequently in the starting line-up, but pushing Alexis Sanchez onto the wing will be no easy task.