It is going to be very difficult for Arsene Wenger to now leave the France international star out of the Arsenal starting line-up, as Olivier Giroud scored a vital winner in the FA cup clash at Preston North End after setting up the first two and scoring the third in that unlikely comeback in the Premier League away game at Bournemouth.
The boss was speaking a few weeks ago about the need to look at the form that each player is in when picking the starting line-up and after Giroud’s recent heroics he mentioned it again when talking about the way the big centre forward has been playing.
Wenger told the Arsenal website, “He can’t stop scoring.
“He had some good service as well today. But everybody contributes in the squad and it’s moments in the season where you have to use the players when it all goes for them. Giroud has shown that at the moment in the last month he is always very decisive.
“I must say, the team has great ambition, a great togetherness and they respond always when they are in trouble and that’s a great quality.”
The problem that Wenger has with Giroud’s goal scoring form, however, is that the Frenchman can only play in that one central position and to start him there means moving Alexis Sanchez back out to the left flank, unless he decides to go with two up front.
Most of our success this season has been down to the Chilean’s performances through the middle, so ideally you would not want to tinker with that, but have Giroud’s goals left the manager no choice?