First of all I just want to remind the Arsenal fans that our centre forward Olivier Giroud has not suddenly found out how to score a goal. He may have been a bit off colour at the start of the current season, but the stats show that no player bar Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals than the Frenchman since he signed for Arsenal three years ago. Surprised? So was I.
Giroud has had his doubters, both in and out of the Arsenal fraternity, and some of it has been his fault and some has been our lack of options. One of the major questions the Arsenal fans have had with him in the last two seasons has been whether his lack of pace and movement has been blunting the attacking potential of our play maker Mesut Ozil.
So when Theo Walcott started the season well and took Giroud´s place many of us thought that Wenger had solved the problem. However, Giroud also linked up with the German to great effect this weekend and he spoke about how well their understanding has grown, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Giroud said, “It’s a few weeks since I’ve started a game, with the national team.
“We have a different profile with Theo, and he was doing well at the beginning of the season. I try to bring what I know I can do well for the team so I’m pleased with the header.
“It was a fantastic ball from Mesut. We have a good understanding on the pitch and I’m pleased for the team because we have given a really great performance with [plenty of] dedication and commitment.”
So as well as having two very good and very different options at centre forward, have Arsenal also got the player to work perfectly with either one?