Olivier Giroud could be about to enter the Arsenal record books for entirely the wrong reason.
Following his blank in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Norwich City, in which he assisted Danny Welbeck for the only goal, the French striker has now gone 15 Premier League games without finding the net.
That makes him the joint-worst forward in the division on current form, with Swansea City’s Bafetimbi Gomis suffering from an equally barren run. And the stats do not get any prettier for Giroud.
If the 29-year-old fails to score in next weekend’s clash with Manchester City, he would match the longest league drought of any of Arsene Wenger’s strikers, currently held by Marouane Chamakh with 16.
Chamakh was one of Wenger’s biggest flops. The Moroccan scored seven goals in his first 15 league games for Arsenal after arriving from Bordeaux in 2010. He left with eight goals in 40 matches.
The trip to the Etihad Stadium would be the perfect time for Giroud to rediscover his scoring touch. By the close of today, Arsenal and Man City could be level on points in the race to finish third.
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