Why Giroud will not become a world class striker by KJ
I’ve been analysing yesterday’s game (Arsenal vs Everton) and have paid special attention to Giroud. He has been very inconsistent this season and although some may feel he’s finally coming good, I have my doubts.
He came to Arsenal on the back of winning the French title with Montpellier. He’s a late bloomer and hence you’d expect his peak years to come a little later than others. However, I feel like his peak years won’t even compare to the likes of Van Persie or Falcao.
Against Everton yesterday he demonstrated all the things wrong with his game. He failed to effectively use his height against their defenders. He would get most of the headers but would head it into a safe area for Everton rather than flicking it on for Walcott/Cazorla/Ramsey or controlling it himself to start an attack. On the other side, Fellaini was demonstrating how to use your height as he bullied our midfield and back line.
The next weakness was his inability to control the ball with his feet. He is frankly shocking at dribbling and constantly loses the ball in key positions. The likes of Van Persie, Rooney, Aguero, Tevez and Suarez are at the top of their games because of their ability to craft a chance out of nothing. This comes from being very good with your feet. You could trust RVP in tight positions because of his good ball control. Giroud’s lack of technical ability is one of the reasons why I feel the midfield has been struggling as well. We fail to keep possession effectively as our attacking line really isn’t suited to our midfield play at the moment.
The final weakness of his game that was exploited was how easily he is drawn out of position. It must be frustrating to not have the ball and hence it’s easy for you to be drawn into the midfield, however, he’s very ineffective in those positions because of the reasons I mentioned in the previous paragraph.
I really hope Giroud makes it at Arsenal as he has the makings to be a world class striker. However, there are some key areas where he lacks that will make it difficult for him to be a 25-30 goal a season striker. What are you thoughts, Gooners?