Should Arsenal risk Giroud? Is there any option?

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…

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61 thoughts on “Should Arsenal risk Giroud? Is there any option?

    1. RSH

      Why do people want Ramsey in on the wings? Yeah he scores goals, but the reason why he’s getting a lot of praise is because of what he does in the midfield. He’s best in the B2B role, and its the reason we’ve been doing so well. He’s not a striker, and definitely not a winger.

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      1. DanielC1989

        it’s ludacris people wanting Ramsey on the wing. did they not watch last season or the season before when he played there and was poor? that’s why people started hating him because he CANNOT play there. people need to wake up

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          1. DanielC1989

            I’m not criticising him at all. he has been our best player this season without a shadow of a doubt. but he cannot play on the wing. it’s a fact.

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          2. permagooner

            This site is for discussion. Do you think the players feel some kind of phantom pain when we discuss things?

            Would you really want a site where every comment was just another version of “Arsenal is so Awesome.”

            Discussing the pros and cons of players, tactics, circumstances game decisions is not the same as failing to support the team. That is ridiculous. We all support the team.

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          3. karansagar

            I would bench Koscielny, Giroud and Wilshere for the next game so they are rested for Stoke.
            Szchezny
            Sagna … Mertesaker … Vermaelen … Monreal
            Ramsey … Flamini
            Ryo … Ozil … Gibbs (since there is no other option)
            Walcott

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      2. goonerretic

        he should stay in the middle..he is excellent there plus he doesnt have the speed that AFC usually like in its wingers

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        1. DanielC1989

          he can beat players on the wing though he’s shown that this season when he’s been dribbling all over the pitch. but you are right he should stick to CM

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      3. permagooner

        The last thing Arsenal need is to remove Ramsey from his natural position just when he has found form. Also a bad idea to take yet another player who is not a winger and is far more comfortable inside and put him on the wing.

        Just because Ramsey is in good form does not mean Wenger should now do something stupid. Where is the connection?

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    2. DanielC1989

      if Giroud doesn’t play we will have Walcott up top, then Monreal/Gibbs will play on one wing and Wilshere/Ozil playing CAM/LW alternately like against Sunderland. Ramsey is a huge no on the wing mate. I saw someone wanted Wilshere next to Flamini and Ramsey on the wing.. lol did they not watch Sunderland when Wilshere was basically a winger?

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  1. Greg

    Maybe this could be the break theo has been waiting for, to show his worth if used as a striker! He has been asking for this now its time to show us what he”s got and deliver, if wenger doesnt want to risk giroud! Although I have a feeling giroud would be risked to start because of the awrsome form he has been in! Its up to wenger!

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    1. MightyGunners

      Gnabry wasn’t named in the squad to travel to France according to Arsenal.com

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    2. atid

      gnabry cannot play he is not registered for champions league wenger chose zelalem instead. park, diaby, Martinez, eisfeld, iliev, siemann and Olsson also missed out as we had our limit of non-homegrown on the a list.

      however, gnabry, iliev, siemann and Olsson are all included in the youth champions league squad.

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  2. Archangel

    yeah, play walcott and hope we’ll score couple of times…if not, play giroud for the final 20 minuted or so..only problem is, özil aparently can’t handle all 90 right now

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  3. goonerretic

    Everytime i see RVP play i become more convinced that this guy is not AFC class..a real hyper pig..
    On another not i am not that sad we didnt buy Falleni..not a very good passer..All out contra attacks would have stalled at him

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    1. Tayla

      I disagree, instead i look RVP and think what have moyes done to him. Looks like hes had a bum F*****g and lost his confidence in his manliness.

      Oh well serves him right for leaving and im actually quite enjoying seeing him struggle! i have a feeling that PL winners medal will be his last, especially under moyes!

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    2. permagooner

      RVP is still a great player. He is however an empty shell of a human being after selling his soul to the devil by joining the enemy.

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  4. abishek

    Start giourd and if we are up by the half time then substitute him with someone.

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  5. RK1339

    I can’t stop laughing. darn hilarious!

    Someone posted the following earlier:

    Giroud+Ozil+Cazorla=Godzilla

    Valencia+Giggs+Nani=Vag***

    beware united! we are coming to get ya!

    darn funny!

    laughing soooo much!

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  6. abishek

    I may be imagining this but I feel ManU always gets the benefit of the doubt from the referees. I know we got advatage in sunderland game but we got a raw deal against Villa. But ManU most of the times get their way,( today’s goal in UCL was offside, diving on last weekend and all those divings of ronaldo when he was there).

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  7. RK1339

    I’d rest Giroud for tomz game against Marseille.

    I think we should play 4-3-3 tomz.

    Szezcny
    Sagna Kos Merte Monreal
    Ryo Flamini Wilshere
    Ozil Walcott Ryo

    I’d play like this. Rest Giroud and Ramsey.

    Sub Rosicky for Ryo at 70th Minute.

    I see no other solution.

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    1. Gooner4Life

      If Arsene Wenger has invented a cloning machine we should use it on Ozil, not on Ryo.

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    2. Andrew AFC

      I would love to see Wenger play 4-3-3 but I wouldn’t do it in the CL. If we had to experiment I would do it in the Capital One Cup.

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  8. goonerretic

    I remember during the last Euro when we saw Manzukic so many people here liked him and wanted AFC to sign him.i wish we had..He was 10m i think

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    1. jermaineBryan

      sczezney
      jenkinson sagna koscielney gibbs
      ramsey flamini
      wilkshire/theo ozil monreal/wilkshire
      theo/giroud
      subs;fabianski,vermaelen,mertasacker,monreal/giroud,zelalem,akpom,eisfield,

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  9. oz11

    Mertasacker in place of Jenkinson. That is the only change I expect from the team that won against Sunderland.

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  10. AlmiR

    i am soo glad to see verminator fit, missed that, hope he will find his old form!!! COYG

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  11. TG65

    I would risk Giroud if he is fit. This may well be our best opportunity to pick up an away win and in this group, that could be decisive. Giroud gives us the best chance to win.

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    1. leo

      & play monreal on lw, ramsey on rw, ozil behind striker & jack/flamini

      scz
      sagna-per-kos-gibbs
      flamini-wilshere
      ramsey-ozil-monreal
      theo

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      1. DanielC1989

        did you not watch Sunderland why do you want Ramsey on the wing and not Wilshere? Ramsey can only play CM

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        1. rambo

          Against sunderland Wilshere played on LW not RW where he was able to cut inside and interchange with Ozil who also prefers to play on that left side…

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  12. Andrew AFC

    Romeo Remeo wherefore art thou Romeo. The answer is playing in an Arsenal shirt. Well done lad you support the best team in the world.

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  13. Andrew AFC

    Thinking outside the box please excuse the pun. Play Ozil as the striker if Giroud isn’t 100% fit.

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    1. Andrew AFC

      He could drop back and move forward and with his vision we could create a real problem for Marseille.

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  14. T-shirt

    walcott would be given the chance,but with ozil behind him if he wastes those chances then chuba would be ahead of him in the striking dept.

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    1. NY_Gunner

      @T-shirt
      I think we should start Chuba upfront. The kid is hungry and has a good eye for a pass delivered right. Oz will feed this kid and make him fat…

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  15. atid

    szcesney
    sagna mertesacker koscielny gibbs
    flamini ramsey
    wilshire ozil Walcott
    giroud

    fabianski, jenkinson, monreal, vermaelen, hayden, ryo, akpom

    however it wouldn’t surprise me to see vermaelen and monreal come in for koscielny and gibbs

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  16. Andrew AFC

    I love Theo but he isn’t a great striker. He’s a winger and he needs to get his head around that the sake of the club.

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  17. mehmoud

    PLEASE WHATEVER THE REASON,DON’T PLAY THEO IN THE MIDDLE.IF ARSEN DO,THEN WE ARE GOING FOR A DISASTER.KEEP HIM ON THE WING TO DO HIS BUSINESS.DONT BRING IN THE MIDDLE.

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  18. LoCkAy

    Choice!!!

    We have no choice…

    Giroud is our main and ONLY striker and that is it…

    It is sad to say, but we are lucky he is actually on fire and playing well.

    That is what happen when you don’t go on the transfer market looking for other alternative.

    If Giroud gets injured, we are basically f*cked because we have already tried the rest and it is not really effective…!!

    Walcott up front? NO THANK YOU.!!

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  19. Twig

    Hmmm. That’s a tough one. But I’ve seen BFG make some cool moves in attack before… and Vermalaen is back so here we go!
    Wilshere Mertasacker Walcott
    Ramsey Ozil Flamini
    Gibbs Vermalaen Koscielny Sagna
    Szczesny

    With Mertasacker’s height, Marseille would have a nightmare whenever we get a set-piece!!!

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  20. T-shirt

    dont risk giroud,he would be better off when fit,look @ poldi now. anyone before özil will bang in goals for fun.walcott couldnt come to terms with those clear cut passes that came his way through özil,hopefully he would overcome that debacle and put them in. bottom line is:if giroud is not fit,then don’t play him.

    it appears that spuds players take turns to mount finish above arsenal challenge.last year it was sigurdsson and dembele,now those 2 have accepted their fate and are now set for the next phase -exit,its now erikseen and pendaldo’$ turn to mount the challenge.

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  21. T-shirt

    options?
    a. akpom
    b. walcott
    c. özil(false 9) wenger sees him as a striker,he would add numbers to the midfield and set up counter attacks,and with him being the top man,he could use his skill and vision to lay assists.
    d. eisfeld,although he’$ not included in the squad,the young lad surely knows the dimensions of the posts.he’$ a goal poacher.
    but with wenger,you never can tell cos he just called sagna a cb.

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  22. Archangel

    We have no other choice, no backup, no nothing. And AW is known to play players even when they’re far from 100%. It all comes from basically lack of options, just like tomorrow. I am 100% sure Giroud will be played and if he’ll be out of stoke game, guess what the boss will say-its a big shock for us, giroud is such an important player for us, we dont have adecquate sobstitution and cant play our game now,blah blah blah,…We ould have had benteke in july but now we dont have anyone.
    Lets hope people will start coming back asap and stop getting injured

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  23. T-shirt

    lol,not as bad as you think sir,girous just needs rest,the man is a beast,2wks injury in 4 years is no mean feat.

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  24. John Legend

    Where is OG-12 from??? He doesn’t pull his harmstring, he doesn’t strain his groin, he doesn’t hurt his toe………. If his head is stepped on with a hard boot, will he get a cut?

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  25. permagooner

    This is amazing. Many fans have been attacked on this site for suggesting that Wenger did not properly equip the squad by failing to get a striker. I was even attacked by a fan when I suggested that top clubs need at least 3 quality strikers (Arsenal have 2 and that is not enough).

    Now, before the 1st CL group game the discussion here already revolves around the tenuous situation Arsenal’s lack of options at striker.

    That is a clear contradiction. Am I missing something?

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