Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud may have opened the floodgates at West Ham
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud could go on a goal scoring run after his first Premier League strike, writes Sharethematch.com
Watch the floodgates open for Giroud
Olivier Giroud may have only scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal at the weekend but it would be no surprise to see the French striker star for the Gunners in the long-term.
It took Arsenal’s all-time leading goal scorer, Thierry Henry, a combined nine Champions League and Premier League games to break his scoring duck and Giroud has now mirrored that.
If he scores half of the goals Henry scored for Arsenal during his long and illustrious career then Giroud will be a big star at The Emirates.
His goal against West Ham was a striker’s finish, his desire to get to the ball and his instinctive thrust of his leg to divert the ball home for an Arsenal leveller smacked of class.
Giroud has missed high-profile chances against Sunderland, Chelsea and also Liverpool this season but he has also been very unlucky in front of goal.
It all started against Cologne in a pre-season friendly, where Giroud saw the opposition goalkeeper make four or five first-class saves and his misfortune has continued.
Giroud looks like a goal scorer and in all of his appearances so far this season – except against former club Montpellier – the Frenchman has seen efforts cleared off the line, last-ditch tackles and also great reaction saves from goalkeepers.
Before he scored at the weekend against West Ham, he could have already had two, with Andy Carroll heading a goal bound effort off the Hammers’ line.
All he needed was a goal in the Premier League to add to his strike against Coventry in the Capital One Cup to get up and running.
Giroud has that all important first goal now in the league and there could well be a goal rush from the Frenchman before Christmas as Arsenal continue to push for Champions League football next season.
Chelsea will test Villas-Boas’ ambitions
It is so far, so good for Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane after a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Despite hordes of doubters, the Portuguese manager has failed to put more than the odd foot wrong since taking over at Spurs.
Apart from alienating the influential Michael Dawson by making him club captain then trying to steer him out of the club, Villas-Boas has been quietly impressive.
Spurs signed a lot of players over the summer and it was going to take time to integrate them.
An unlucky defeat at Newcastle was followed by two lucky points against West Brom and Norwich.
But since then, Spurs have beaten Reading, Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa and most importantly, broken their hoodoo at Old Trafford, as well as decent results in the League Cup and Europa League.
He has also handled the Hugo Lloris/Brad Friedel situation with aplomb, managing to rotate the two keepers without upsetting either more than would be expected.
But the next game against Chelsea at White Hart Lane will put Villas-Boas’ top four ambitions truly to the test.
The Blues are flying in the Premier League but still look suspect in midfield, and the furore over John Terry and Ashley Cole will not help their preparations.
As long as nothing goes drastically wrong during the international break, Spurs should have a fully fit and firing squad to choose from with plenty of options to test Chelsea on the break.
Villas-Boas has said top four is the aim for Spurs this season, and he will be desperate to get one over on his old club when they arrive at the Lane following the international break.
If Tottenham are to break back into the Champions League, they need to lay down a marker a week on Saturday.