The premise was simple. Win by two clear goals. To progress from the Group stage once again – a constant since 1999/2000 – and exorcise the demons that had lurked since the reverse fixture at The Emirates. Arsenal needed every man to step up.
Arsenal needed a hero.
They required someone to step forward and change history. The man to do it has been ridiculed. He even had his own preposterous hashtag which symbolised the exasperation which sometimes follows him around during matches.
When it mattered though, the man who had the mettle to rewrite Arsenal’s European fate was Olivier Giroud.