Danny Murphy has moved to claim that Arsenal are nothing special without the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the side.
The German international returned to action against Swansea City on Saturday having been sidelined since New Years Day with an illness, and played a key role in the 4-0 demolition in Wales.
Danny Murphy has now claimed that the Gunners have no cutting edge without Ozil and fellow star Alexis Sanchez, citing their inclusion as to what makes their side ‘dangerous’.
He said: “Ozil and Sanchez together make Arsenal an exceptional and dangerous team. When they’re not there they don’t have the same cutting edge. They missed Ozil for a few games and he made a real difference.
“Swansea deserve credit for the first half but he was exceptional in crucial areas of the pitch. He makes the right decisions nine times out of 10.
“Arsenal didn’t create too much in the first half but what they did was through him. I know there’s a lot of people saying he doesn’t turn up in big games but he did against Swansea. Arsenal are a better team with him in it – he’s always clinical with his passing.
“The scoreline flattered them but I was really impressed with him after thee games out.”
Each side has their main instigators going forward, like league leaders Chelsea have Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, and Spurs have Harry Kane and Dele Alli, but to claim we have no cutting edge without them is just untrue.
Giroud has been a key star when he has played, and Theo Walcott, Lucas Perez and Alex Iwobi have all shown they have a strong attacking threat this term, with Theo in exceptionally fine form this term.
Danny Murphy will obviously have his bias against us due to his Spurs and Liverpool playing days, but does he have any sort of point? Can we dominate teams with them?