Captain Olivier Giroud
Even though Olivier Giroud has been in excellent form for Arsenal in recent weeks, plus Arsene Wenger fielded a weakened side at Preston, there were still eyebrows raised when the Frenchman was appointed captain for the game.
Giroud simply struggles to hold the trust of a large number of Arsenal fans.
Nevertheless, this decision from Arsene Wenger was quite impressive considering the likes of Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey also started the FA Cup tie at Preston.
“Come on guys! … Show something else!”
Giroud lead his team out, engaged with the referee and also held the post-match interview alongside Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal fans have also spotted a moment where Giroud showed off his leadership qualities on the Tunnel Cam from Preston, released by the FA.
The Gunners emerge from their dressing room at half-time 1-0 down, Giroud leads his Arsenal side out shouting: “Come on guys! … Show something else!”
Immediately, Arsenal equalised through Aaron Ramsey and won the game late on thanks to Olivier Giroud’s latest late winner.
It’s not quite Tony Adams levels of captaincy, but Arsenal fans are pleasantly surprised by Olivier Giroud’s leadership qualities.
— ArsenalCentral (@AFCCentralHQ) January 7, 2017