We saw in the first leg that Giroud had the poacher's instinct to make a difference, having a shot well saved by Neuer moments after coming on. The Frenchman has shown all year, despite being in and out of the side, he has an eye for a goal and he has to start the second leg to give his side an attacking vocal point. If Walcott, Cazorla and Podolski can get the ball into the box, you can bet the striker will be challenging for it against the less the convincing ex-Man City defender, Jerome Boateng. Giroud may not be the side's top scorer but he has 14 so far this season and has an ariel prowess that no-one else can match for the Gunners.
No doubt it will be a tough task for Arsenal. They did not shut down Alaba or Lahm, van Buyten was not troubled and Giroud did not score in the first leg but if they can do this on Wednesday, they could pull off a special Champions League comeback.