Despite Olivier Giroud’s excellent scoring record for Arsenal of 42 goals in 84 Premier League appearances, he has never really convinced the fans of his quality. He often goes through periods where he seems to miss every chance that comes his way (remember the Monaco game?) and he annoys the fans with his expressions after every miss, which makes them stand out more.
I am getting a bit worried about Olivier Giroud right now. He has spent the whole summer reading about how Arsenal were trying desperately to sign his countryman Karim Benzema, and how much Theo Walcott wants to replace him as the main striker for the Gunners.
When the injury induced absence of Danny Welbeck was announced by Arsenal, the most notable sigh must have come from Roy Hodgson. The England international team manager rates the forward very high and believes he is a vital element of his attack.
The Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is just in the process of completing one of the major goals of his life, which is to help his country reach a major tournament Finals. Yesterday evening they could have secured their place if they could have just nicked a goal against a very defensive Israel, but even with a strong longrange shot in the final stages Ramsey could not quite pull it off.
England may have scored six goals against San Marino yesterday, with the Arsenal striker Theo Walcott scoring twice, but the fact is that the tiny Republic had a total of zero points before the game and have probably only won one game in their whole history. In fact in the 7 Qualifying games so far San Marino have conceded 25 goals and scored exactly ZERO, so this game can hardly give us a pointer to England’s chances in the Euros next summer.
All Arsenal fans hate having this ridiculous international break so early in the season, but at least we can console ourselves that some of our players are getting some added playing time to add to their match fitness. So far there have been no injuries reported so it is also good for their confidence that ten of them have ended up on the winning side as well.
England simply needed to beat the minnows of San Marino to ensure qualification for the Euros next summer, but they would also have been keen to make it 8 wins out of 8 in the Qualifying Group Stages ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday.
The interest from Gunners’ fans this week would have been on how Mesut Ozil fared. The Arsenal playmaker played a vital role as the World Champions Germany won a crucial match against Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifying match.