Giroud To The Rescue Again For Arsenal In FA Cup Win

By Eric Antoine, Posted: 01/08/17 08:07PM EST
Preston North End v Arsenal - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
PRESTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates victory after the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Preston North End and Arsenal at Deepdale on January 7, 2017 in Preston, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)(Photo : Getty Images Sport)

It was supposed to be a rather easy victory for Arsenal in their first FA Cup match of the season, playing in the third round away at Preston North End, who are currently in 11th place in England's second-tier Championship. Instead, Arsenal were outplayed for most of the match, until Giroud again came to the rescue.

Arsenal would eventually reverse a halftime deficit and steal a 2-1 win with an 89th-minute winner from Olivier Giroud, eliminating Preston from the FA Cup on their home ground. It was a heart-breaking result for Preston, especially considering that they had so many chances to score more goals and put the game away in the first half.

 Preston came out determined and were more than a handful for one of the Premiership's top sides, but with all those wasted chance to seal the victory, they allowed Arsenal to do what they do best, and linger around until they could find a way to get the result.

Arsenal has made a habit of starting slow, almost sleepwalking through the first half of matches, only to turn up the tempo in the second half and find a way to salvage their poor start to matches. In their last Premier League match against Bournemouth on Jan. 3, the Gunners were totally outplayed by their lower ranked opponents and were down 2-0 at the half, only to come back and overcome a 3-0 deficit and salvage a 3-3 tie.

 In the end, Preston deserved a better result, but Giroud made them pay with his late game heroics.  That makes it four games in a row in which Giroud scored either the winner or the equalizer for the Gunners.

Whether he starts, or comes on as a super sub, he's continuing to find a way to rescue Arsenal, who can't seem to play consistently for 90 minutes. An issue that will eventually haunt them as they are now 8 points back of leaders Chelsea in the league.



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