Posted on July 09, 2017 by ADMIN

Will Arsenal start Lacazette AND Giroud next season?

While we still do not know for sure whether Olivier Giroud will still be an Arsenal player next season, with various transfer rumours suggesting that the France international could be set for a transfer to West Ham, Everton or even back to a French club, it looks more likely that he will stay.

That Arsene Wenger wants to keep him in north London is clear but what is a bit less clear is how he plans to use the big centre forward. There are various options but most people see the3 new signing Lacazette being the first choice centre forward with Giroud used as a back up and sub, but not everyone thinks so.

Remi Garde knows the Arsenal boss pretty well having played under him at Highbury for three seasons and it was clear when Garde took over at Aston Villa recently that the two had kept in contact. Garde also knows a lot about our new signing as he was the manager of Lyon before coming to England and in a report by Goal.com he explains why he thinks Giroud could be paired together up front.

He said, “Olivier and Alexandre are two different players that Arsene needs.

“The seasons are long and the aims are high for a club like Arsenal. To have these two players at his disposal is not too much, and it is possible to put them both in the same XI.

“The proof, at Lyon, is that Alex and [former Lyon and Swansea striker] Bafe [Gomis] played alongside each other at Lyon with me. We got the balance right by playing a diamond midfield.

“That is something that Arsene could do with these two players. Alex is a player who is sufficiently intelligent to adapt to that, Olivier Giroud too.”

As well as having a front two Arsenal could use the new man in a wide role with Giroud’s power and size in the role of target man, so do you think we will see the two start Arsenal games together?

Bob.

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22 thoughts on “Will Arsenal start Lacazette AND Giroud next season?

  1. ThirdManJW

    Wenger doesn’t play two up front, so no. The 3-4-3 has been a huge success, so lets keep that going, and Giroud proved how much more effective he was coming in from the bench, with the cup final being a great example of this.

    Even if Wenger played Lacazette, and Giroud together, it still wouldn’t be as effective as it is for France with Giroud, and Griezmann/Mbappe, because of Wenger’s style of play. He prefers possession, tika-taka, whereas France are more direct, and play to Giroud’s strengths, with his partner really benefiting.

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    1. Midkemma

      The 3 attacking players currently is 2 ACM and 1 CF.
      Could still be 3 attacking players if swapped to 1 ACM and 2 CF.

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    1. Midkemma

      All weapons are arrow like?
      I do not get that, grenades I thought looked more like a deformed football than an arrow…
      How about a maul type of weapon, big blunt thing….

      Different formations have different benefits (My opinion at least 😛 hehe) Sometimes an arrow is perfect, other times you just need a big fat sledgehammer to smash with ^.^

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  2. Big G

    I cannot see both these players starting together on a regular basis, we already use Giroud as a target man so there’s not much point in doing the same thing with Lacazette in the side unless someone else is injured and Lacazette has to play on the wing.

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  3. Janssen

    Would be a disaster (other than the occasional match). If we play 3 at the back which seemed to work well at the end of last season, we should not play with two up front. Also, Giroud can only play as the main striker and to maximize Lacazette’s scoring ability we should play him as the main striker.

    The only role I would be happy to see Giroud in is as a super sub or occasional starter in the Europa league when we play in Kazakhstan and need to keep Lacaette fresh and injury free.

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  4. Goonerboy

    No, Arsenal won’t start both of them UNLESS wenger changes to 4-4-2……but if we play 3-4-2 or 4-2-3-1, there is no way they can play together except Wenger shifts Lacazette to the wings which I don’t think will be good enough…

    Nevertheless, Giroud has to stay he is needed and Wenger should just be tactically flexible as I believe there are games that both of them will be needed at the same time…

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  5. Darwin

    You know it does make sense, for some games at least. Many of us were saying that why is Laca behind Giroud in the French team? And some fans actually pointed out, laca is behind in pecking order to grief and, in the national team. If that’s the case, looking at their national team setup, laca n Giroud can definitely play together. However it will be very few games, IF it happens.

    Also concerning team setup, it just gives a better flexibility I suppose. 4-4-2, 3-4-3, 4-2-3-1. All these formations could be adopted with out current set of players.

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  6. Muffdiver wants change...not for arsenal...for.the vending machine, I'm thirsty as f###

    This moley guy has exploded on twitter
    Everyone’s.convinved he’s second coming for all arsenal transfer news.
    Called.lacazette an fee quite early
    Saying lemar for 46 mill has been accepted

    Another bs itk?

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    1. McLovin

      Who knows, but credit when its due:

      That resource guy said Laca is done and dusted. And it was. So props for that.

      He didnt say Lemar is done, but that there are serious interest and this has come true as well with all the bids rejected.

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  7. Jim A

    You definitely want your best goal scorers on the pitch. Giroud should be out there as much as possible.

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  8. gworm

    Wenger sometimes puts all his ‘strikers’ on at once at the end of a game we are chasing, but I don’t recall him ever starting a game with two up front. Having said that, Giroud, while not quick, is mobile and will play all over the pitch. He’s often criticised for not being in the box when he’s needed because he’s drifted out to the wings. If he and Lacazette can reach an understanding I see that kind of mobility with them swapping in and out of the box as potentially devastating. I’d love to see OG stay because he really wants to play for Arsenal.

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  9. Atid

    352 worked for me, took my team to 4 cup finals and 4 league titles in 4 years

    Would love wenger to try it, at the very least it would show he is back in the game

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  10. Norwegian Gooner

    What about 3-4-1-2!? That would be a way to use both players in their best position.
    And since we don’t know what happens with Alexis, that could be our best option.

    Cech
    Holding Boss Moustafi
    Bellerin Ramsey Xhaka Sead/nacho
    Ozil(Alexis if he stays)
    Giroud Lacazette

    This would be a good formation for rotating and with two forwards it would be easy for wenger to use/rotate any new signings as well (Mahrez/lemar). We could always switch between this formation and the new 3-4-3.

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  11. Norwegian Gooner

    What about 3-4-1-2!? That would be a way to use both players in their best position.
    And since we don’t know what happens with Alexis, that could be our best option.

    Cech
    Holding Boss Moustafi
    Bellerin Ramsey Xhaka Sead/nacho
    Ozil(Alexis if he stays)
    Giroud Lacazette

    This would be a good formation for rotating and with two forwards it would be easy for wenger to use/rotate any new signings as well (Mahrez/lemar). We could always switch between this formation and the new 3-4-3.

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  12. Deji Obe

    Giroud will only be a backup to Lacazette,our style of play only allows one target man,but I still see him getting game time with injuries,fatigue or players needing rest and Lacazette can even play across all three forward positions.#OG12 stays

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  13. wizardcalidad

    Yeah, ion think Wenger will do just that, in recent times, if Arsenal is goal barren in a match and Wenger was tempted to bring in another striker.. I have never seen them combine upfront, rather, one of the strikers will go back to the wing…. there was a match we had Sanchez, Giroud, Perez and Welbeck yet they positioned theirselves to several wings as only Giroud was left upfront.
    Atimes, I queried Arsene Wenger’s game pattern.. Huh, well they say ‘HE KNOWS BEST’

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  14. Simon

    Seems obvious to me that Wenger will try it I training and consider it from there!

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  15. Midkemma

    I bet they will rarely both start, if they do at all, I bet it will be one or the other.
    I do believe though that Wenger at some point will put them both on, he has been known to throw caution to the wind and throw every bit of attacking talent from the bench into the team while chasing a goal.

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