Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud are vindicating Arsene Wenger's decision to remake his Arsenal squad this summer.
The pair were central figures in Saturday's 5-2 thumping of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Wenger took a huge gamble when he opted to sell want away stars Robin van Persie and Alex Song. In doing so, he said goodbye to his leading scorer and chief source of creativity.
Wenger took an equally big risk tabbing Giroud and Cazorla as replacements. The pair were brought in for around £25 million and are starting to justify the fees.
Giroud netted Arsenal's third goal against Spurs. That marked his seventh of this campaign and fifth in five games. That's an excellent run by any standards.
The standards Giroud was judged by were those set by van Persie. The Frenchman understandably groaned under the weight of such lofty expectations.
However, since Arsenal's thrilling Capital One Cup comeback against Reading, Giroud has revitalized himself and the Gunners' attack.
His superior aerial power has changed the dynamic of Arsenal's approach play. The result has been four goals for Giroud and 10 for Arsenal in their last three games.
Cazorla has endured some quiet recent outings, compared to his stellar early-season performances. However, he chose the derby to rebound brilliantly.
The cerebral Spaniard was fluid in his movement and graceful and classy in possession. He is now Arsenal's creative hub, something the Gunners missed dearly last season.
Cazorla also added a decisive fourth goal against Tottenham. That gives him four already, a decent return from Arsenal's most advanced midfielder.
Giroud's link play is providing Cazorla with more touches in the areas where he can do the most damage. It's a contrast in styles that is adding exuberance to Arsenal's attacking play.
That makes Cazorla and Giroud well worth the money and vindicates Wenger's summer dealings.850109