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Giroud and the Unexpected Song and Dance at the Emirates

When you hear the stands sing your name, no less to the theme of "Hey Jude" by The Beatles, you know you've done something right.That was exactly the scene in last Fridays meeting between Arsenal and Leicester City. In a match that seemed to surmise Arsenal's style of football perfectly, subs Arron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud provided the goals for the win.The first half saw new signing Alexandre Lacazette opening the scoring with a powerful header from a beautiful in-swung pass from Mohamed Elneny, and, Leicester replied minutes later with a smartly taken corner that reached the head of Shinji Okazaki and into the back of the net.Despite the setback Arsenal seemed composed and looked to add to Lacazette's goal. But in a game that was played at frantic pace, a missed pass by Xhaka led to a pick up by Marc Albrighton who sent a low cross to Jamie Vardy which the English international made no mistake and hammered in.This was a theme for the night. Leicester finding gaps in the wings and sending in crosses for the central strikers and they were unlucky not to add to their lead when crosses from Mahrez and Christian Fuchs found no one waiting at the edge of the 8-yard box.But, as the game wore on Arsenal regained their composure and right before break, new signing Sead Kolasinac found a ball inside the box and cheekily passed it off to Welbeck to level the score line.The second half started well for Arsenal with Kolasinac, Chamberlin, and Xhaka working well with each other, creating chances for Ozil and Wellbeck, but Leicester again looked dangerous on crosses with Mahrez and Fuchs finding spaces along the flanks with crosses barely missing the heads Okazaki and Vardy.They were dangerous again when a long ball from Mahrez found Vardy with space ahead of him and a clear sight of goal, but who was met by an onrushing Petr Cech, who cleared the danger. But, Leicester found their third goal of the night in the 56th minute in the same vein as the first two. A good cross, and a good finish, this time again by Vardy following a corner by Mahrez, giving Leicester a 3-2 lead.Arsenal didn't look dangerous until when at the 67th minute, the substitutions of Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud changed the shape of the game, team, and most probably the season.With Giroud and Ramsey on the field, Arsene Wenger changed from a 3-4-2-1 with Lacazette leading the front, to a 4-2-1-3 with Lacazette moving to the left, Giroud to the front, and in an odd tactical decision, moving Oxlade-Chamberlin to right back and Hector Bellerin to the left. And right away the tactics took fruit as Granit Xhaka sent a long ball to Lacazette, which led to Mesut Ozil regaining possession and finding the record signing in the channels to play a cross to the oncoming head of Ramsey. It wasn’t a minute later when Arron Ramsy from deep in his own defense found Ozil ahead of him, who quickly laid it out for Bellerin on the left in a counter attack play. His pass found Lacazette, again making a smart run to the left wing and he sent a lofted cross to Xhaka in the outside of the box.And again in the 70th minute it was Lacazette who picked up a long pass from Xhaka and waited for the incoming run of Ozil, but who’s shot was well wide.With the change in formation Arsenal stemmed the attacks from Leicester and Oxlade-Chamberlin in particular seemed to slot into an almost Philipp Lahm type role as he drifted in from right back to a DM position to send both crosses and shots from outside the box.And then that's when the magic happened.In the space of two minutes Emirates Stadium went from the so-called "Library" to quite literally buzzing. Off of a long pass from Kolasinac, Ozil found the ball and tried to whip in a cross which lead to a corner. And Ozil's corner found Xhaka sitting on the edge of the 18-yard box, and with a softly lofted pass, Ramsy set himself up for a one-time strike that beat Schmeichel and flew across the goal and to the back of the net.Ramsy then found Giroud playing off the last defender as the tall Frenchman back-healed the ball to Lacazette who broke one and then two defenders before having his shot tipped over by Schmeichel.Xhaka took the ensuing corner and, despite having his shirt nearly teared off by the defenders, Giroud scored what proved to be the winner.Although all the talks of Giroud possibly leaving and whether he and Lacazette could play together filled both the airwaves and papers in the offseason, it seems that having them both in the lineup, along with Xhaka and Ramsey in the middle of the park is the ticket for a successful season.During much of last season Ramsey and Giroud linked up wonderfully, each providing goals and assists to each other and with Lacazette there to poach off of Giroud’s clever flicks and passes Arsenal can be a huge threat going forward to any team, and all this isn’t talking to account the possible transfer of Lemar or Sanchez. If Arsene Wegner can take care of the back three, or back four, Arsenal fans might be in for a treat, and many more renditions of Giroud’s name being sung late in the 89th minute.