Is Giroud feeling the pressure of Vardy’s proposed move?
The debates are continuing on whether Jamie Vardy’s proposed move to Arsenal is a good move for the Gunners. But one person who truly must be uncertain is Arsenal frontman Olivier Giroud, who may start to feel that the pressure has been cranked up another notch in terms of starting for the Gunners.
Speaking about the Vardy rumour, Giroud told SkySports: “I have been told that Jamie wants to join us and it’s very good news for us. I think we can be complimentary and that’s all I can say. He’s a fantastic player, so it’s good news for us.”
Giroud seems to be content and pleased to know Vardy may be soon joining him at the club. However deep down, Giroud must be thinking about his position in the team and if this means that he’ll lose his place in the starting line up. That said, Oli definitely seems to play better when he has competition breathing down his neck.
Arsenal traditionally have played a 4-5-1 system under Arsene Wenger in recent years. Such formation would see, when fit, Welbeck, Vardy and Giroud all competing for one position and one player is sure to not be happy with a lack of playing time. With Welbeck’s performances last season brightening Arsenal’s style of play, you’d assume that he’d be ahead of Giroud’s chances of getting a regular set of games and so The Frenchman must surely be worried. When asked about a formation change, Giroud said he’d obviously prefer a ” four-four-two” System. However overall Giroud reportedly welcomes the competition that Vardy would bring.
He added: “As I said in the past I am happy with competition. We have always had fantastic strikers at Arsenal and I want the best for this club. Hopefully he is going to help us win this title.”
It’s good to see that Giroud welcomes such competition and looks on it as a positive manner to improve not only his own game, to ensure he keeps his place in the side, but that also the team as a whole would improve with the signing of Vardy. But seriously he must know his place in the team is in real jeopardy.
I guess we’ll see how things pan out come the start of the season though Oli!