Should we risk Giroud for Marseille? by Ash
This week Arsenal’s champions league situation transfers to the group stage after beating Fenerbache 5-0 over the course of the two legs. We start our journey to the top with an away game to Marseille in France and it should certainly be an interesting game! Some say that Marseille is the easiest opponent in our group. Bearing in mind we also have Napoli and Borussia Dortmund, I wouldn’t disagree with that, however the French team still won’t be pushovers.
The main concern going into the game seemingly is the fitness of Oliver Giroud. The Frenchman has been Arsenal’s star striker so far this season and although I suppose it would be difficult not to be the club’s best striker, considering we only have one, Giroud has certainly earned his plaudits with such star performances.
The Frenchman continued his record of a goal in every single Premier League game so far this season and such an achievement has made him the league’s top goal scorer for this campaign so far. It shows how vital he has become to our team and ultimately Giroud is the reason why we have been able to win games so far this season. Of course the whole team has a part to play and every member is as important as the next, however in this case, without Giroud’s goals, Arsenal may not have been in such a clear cut position.
The main question is however, with questions being raised over the Frenchman’s fitness after Wenger announced he had sustained a knee injury towards the end of the game, he is apparently doubtful for the game. Giroud himself believes he is okay to play however would it be a risk to play our main man at the moment for the Champions League game against Marseille if he isn’t 100 percent? With Stoke coming to the Emirates at the weekend, Arsenal need Giroud to be fit.
I’d personally say not to play him tomorrow, but then again who do we have to replace him on the front line. With Podolski injured, Akpom too inexperienced and then with both Bendtner’s and Park’s positions being non-existent at the club we seem to have a real dilemma on our hands if he isn’t available to play. There is Walcott, of course, but he has yet to find his scoring touch of last season, and then who would play on the right? It really is a bit of a puzzler…