The decision by Arsene Wenger to start the France international striker Olivier Giroud for Arsenalñ against PSG this week may not have worked out, but I think that the big man will be in the starting line up again this weekend when Arsenal play host to Eddie Howe´s Bournemouth side.
One of the big decisions for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal prepared for this evening’s potentially decisive Champions League group game against PSG was what to do about his forward line. Despite the fact that Alexis Sanchez has been doing well in the new role of centre forward it was getting increasingly hard to ignore the claims of Olivier Giroud.
The French international centre forward should certainly be in the good books of Arsene Wenger at the moment, after Olivier Giroud came to the rescue off the bench once again at the weekend with a brilliant late header to earn a point at Manchester United that did not look likely as the end of the match approached.
The next few weeks and months will be a crucial time for Arsenal in the transfer market which could have a big say in the potential future success of the club. I do not mean the opening of the winter transfer window in January either, although that could also be important as we try to keep up the Premier League title challenge this season.
If there is one thing for sure when it comes to Arsenal and the crucial Champions League game at home to the French champions at PSG on Wednesday it6 is that Olivier Giroud will be expecting his name to be in the starting line up. If it is not then the France international star will have every reason to be asking his manager why.
Arsenal have been putting right a lot of problems over the last few years; ending the nine year wait for a trophy with back to back Fa cups not being the least of them. Arsene Wenger and the lads have also answered a few questions and proved wrong some doubts that were being aimed at us by the football press, like when we changed tactics and played on the counter attack to win a game against a big rival way to Man City.
A striker with all the qualities that the Arsenal and Chile international star possesses is not an easy thing to find, so if the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that the former Barcelona forward may decide not to accept the offer of a new contract this season, when his current deal will enter its final year, Arsene Wenger may have to try to find one.
With a little bit less than two months to go until the winter transfer window opens in January, Arsenal fans had better get used to all sorts of rumours linking the Gunners with every player under the sun. That is not too stressful for us but what is will be all the stories in the football media suggesting that we could also be losing players to our rivals in the Premier League and around Europe.