Manchester United forward Anthony Martial displayed his promising talent again on Friday night as he produced an impressive assist for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in France’s clash with Germany.
Didier Deschamps saw his side head into the interval a goal up after Giroud’s strike, and it will certainly be a confidence boost for the Euro 2016 hosts if they are able to hold on for a victory over the reigning world champions.
Les Bleus opted to go with a 4-3-3 system, with Giroud spearheading the attack through the middle with Martial operating on the left flank while Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann was deployed on the right.
Both sides started with what were arguably their strongest line-ups, but it was the hosts who struck first with Martial doing all the hard work before his compatriot produced an emphatic finish.
Much is expected of this French side next year which also boasts the likes of Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, although naturally Joachim Low’s side will fancy their chances of adding to the world crown that they won in Brazil last year.
Meanwhile, both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger will be delighted with what they saw in the first half. The Dutchman in particular will be pleased with Martial’s growing influence in a wide position on the left, as the former Monaco starlet has been used in that role for United with Wayne Rooney up front as the lone striker.
As for the Gunners, they have been hit with an injury crisis after losing Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey in recent weeks, as noted by The Telegraph. As a result, Wenger will be buoyed by Giroud’s goal and will hope that the French international can take that goalscoring touch into their game against West Bromwich Albion on November 21.