Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil have had their share of criticism in the last few seasons but after seeing this statistic, even the harshest critic will be at a loss of words. The Arsenal pair are only behind their Champions League last-16 opponents Barcelona’s superstar duo Neymar and Luis Suarez in terms of goals scored this season.
The combined goals scored by Giroud and Ozil is 7 which is only behind the Barcelona duo’s 9. Mesut Ozil has expectedly provided 6 assists to Giroud while Giroud has provided Mesut with one. The pair’s form has been one of the major reasons for Arsenal’s rise to the Premier League summit this season and if they can continue this good form, no one can stop Arsenal from becoming the Champions of England.
Everyone was aware of Mesut Ozil’s quality from his time at Real Madrid but most of the Arsenal fan base still have doubts about Giroud’s prowess in front of goal. Olivier Giroud has single-handedly led Arsenal’s frontline for the last two seasons and its time he deserves recognition for his efforts. Maybe after seeing this stat, they will stop clamouring for a new striker.
It will be interesting to see which duo comes out on top when these two teams face off in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League next month.
4 other pairs have combined for 6 goals each:
Watford duo Idion Ighalo and Troy Deeney
Everton’s pair of Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu
Villareal’s Roberto Soldado and Cedric Bakumbu
Surprise Package Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Riyadh Mahrez.
Statistics Courtesy: mirror.co.uk