Despite the fact that the Arsenal and France centre forward is in absolutely great goal scoring form at the minute, there is a very real chance that he could be dropped for the crucial clash with our main Premier League rivals Manchester City next week.
It would not be a reflection of the Frenchman’s form of course, but merely a tweaking of the tactics in order to give the Gunners the best possible chance of getting the right result. Arsene Wenger has spoken before about Giroud and Theo Walcott bringing very different aspects of the game to the table and about how this allows him to cope better depending on the different problems that each opponent is likely to cause Arsenal.
Even after Giroud bagged his first hat-trick for the club against Olympiacos last wekk, as well as praising the striker the boss suggested that he would have no hesitation replacing him with the pacy England forward if circumstances dictated.
So the question is, which of our central striking options is the best choice to face Man City? It could depend on the injury situation at both clubs, with Arsenal hoping to have Alexis Sanchez back and City hoping to have Aguero and Kompany back.
If they do have their best striker and defender back in the side I think Wenger will go for Walcott as he will prepare the Gunners to be solid and organised and to hit the visitors on the break, with Giroud on the bench in case we need his power and hold up play if the game is going against us.
We are at home, though, and in better form than City right now so the boss might want us to use that form and confidence to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
How do you think Arsenal should line up for this massive game