The last time that the Arsenal and France centre forward Olivier Giroud started a game for the Gunners was in the FA cup win over the national league side Lincoln City and the big man duly scored to help Arsenal into the next round. The last time he started a Premier League game for us, however, was back at the end of January when Watford inflicted a painful defeat at the Emirates.
It is fair to say that Giroud did not have a great game that day, but then you could say the same for every Arsenal player out there so I do not see why the Frenchman is finding it so hard to get into our below par and struggling team.
Apart from Alexis Sanchez I do not think that any of the attacking options that have been preferred to Giroud by Arsene Wenger have been good enough to keep him out and the EPL stats on the squawka.com website bear this out very clearly.
Walcott has 10 league goals this season which is one more than Giroud but he has had over twice the amount of game time in which to score them. If you look at the stats for goals scored and assists on a minute by minute average, Olivier is way ahead of the rest and his shooting accuracy is the best as well.
Apart from that his game is suited to what we expect to encounter in Middlesborough this evening, a compact and deep lying defence with little time and space to work the ball through the middle. So as well as his stature giving us more of a threat with balls into the box we also have his strength and hold up play. If, that is, the manager decides to give him our centre forward a rare start.
Surely it is a no brainer, but will Wenger see it that way?