There's a festive feeling in the air at the Emirates Stadium, though how long that feeling lasts is up to how well Arsenal handle what looks like a stiff Boxing Day challenge from West Bromwich Albion.
The Gunners fell from second to fourth in the table after back-to-back defeats and are already nine points behind leaders Chelsea. It's important when and if you get the chance to speak to these players that you stress they only have a small career, they should be squeezing the pips out of playing.
The West Brom goalkeeper continued to deny the Wenger's side with a number of fine stops and the away side almost made them pay when Petr Cech dropped a corner at the feet of Claudio Yacob but thankfully for the Arsenal keeper the defender could only blaze over at the back post.
"Our job, when you're a football player, you have to be always ready". It's the teams who responded well together who have the most successful seasons.
And so while he netted the victor, Giroud probably did little here to sway Wenger's thinking that Sanchez should be the team's first-choice striker.
"He [Giroud] is untypical of what Arsene believes in in many respects but he's done well today", said Pulis.
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Back-to-back defeats have dented the Gunners title hopes but Wenger thinks the side will now unite and has even spoken to one of the most successful English players of all-time about it.
"At the moment, there's quite a big distance between us and Chelsea and we will need a special resilience to come back", he said.
ARSENE WENGER and Tony Pulis looked like best buds before the game when they greeted each other with a warm embrace down by the tunnel. But they have the South American temper, you know, and that can sometimes happen.
"I don't think you can ever switch off and it's been proven against these two teams we've just played".
Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.