Koscielny gives his reasons on Giroud’s absence!
Whilst Arsenal seem to have hit a consistent run of form in the league, despite a less than convincing performance from the Gunners away to Burnley, it cannot be ignored that we still have many of our ‘regular Stars’ to come back and add to the depth and quality of the squad.
One named that is consistently mentioned in this bracket – and a name that has been in the thoughts of many fans so far this season, is where exactly is Olivier Giroud?
Giroud, who has been our first choice striker for at least the last four years, seems to have disappeared so far this season, with a contribution of many combining factors sealing his fate on the team. Giroud has reportedly been out with an injury these last few games. It is A toe injury that was not expected to bother the French international for more than a few days, but has since seemingly developed into something far more serious, so much so that the 30 year old has only managed a few minimal appearances here and there so far this season. Aside from the injury, Giroud has also been massively lacking in fitness so far this campaign. After returning late to first team training, Giroud is still yet to build up his physical fitness to match the demands of the Premier League. We saw against Chelsea how he was off the pace and slowed our entire game down, whilst he was so off the ball against PSG, he resulted in getting two yellow cards and ultimately sent off in our opening Champions League fixture.
But despite the general belief being that Giroud isn’t getting into the team because of injury, Oli’s closest friend at the club, Laurent Koscielny, reckons that his absence is all down to the form of Alexis Sanchez. Koscielny said: “It’s difficult for Olivier Giroud at the moment, because Alexis Sanchez is currently ‘walking on water’ at Arsenal.”
Now admittedly Alexis has certainly grown into his role in leading the Arsenal attacks. However I don’t think his performances as a striker this season would keep Oli out of the squad completely! I mean why wouldn’t Giroud at least be on the bench, when he clearly has the quality to be there. In my opinion Arsene Wenger is still not entirely convinced on the Frenchman’s fitness, which is becoming a real concern at the club. In fact I’m surprised that Koscielny didn’t mention anything about his teammates fitness at all during his interview.
Giroud in my opinion really needs to step up his game for the Gunners if he wants to keep his place as a regularly playing striker in the Arsenal first team squad. At 30 years old now, Giroud no longer has age on his side and he’ll soon find his Arsenal career winding down if he isn’t careful enough about getting back into the match day squads.