Posted on May 16, 2015 by ADMIN

Will Arsenal stick with Giroud against Man United?

Olivier Giroud has grown into his role as the main striker for Arsenal, and this season he finally broke the jinx that stopped him scoring against the big teams. He was on a brilliant scoring run since January but has how been barren for five games in a row, and his contribution in the last two matches against Chelsea and Swansea were minimal to say the least.

He was so invisible in the Swansea defeat that Arsene Wenger replaced him after an hour with our striker-in-waiting Theo Walcott, but our manager has forgiven Giroud previous lapses (like against Monaco) by giving the French international the chance to bounce back in the following game. This prompts me to think that Wenger will yet again start with Giroud against United, and the striker himself has been preparing himself for another comeback in Sunday’s game.

“We all want to score against these big teams and it was a great feeling to do it, especially because last season I didn’t score too much against the big four,” Giroud said on the Arsenal Official website. “Those were great goals for me and I want to score one more against them.

“I try to bring something to the team. Especially in big games, you need to be ready. Sometimes you have doubts and it’s not easy. You miss confidence and everything can go the wrong way.

“But I’m ok to play with pressure, I have experience with that now and it shows that confidence must be high to be competitive.”

“I think we have all improved our game,” he said. “We know each other very well now and I’m settled in the team.

“Even if I had a bad injury at the beginning of the season, I came back stronger with a great determination to bounce back.

“We didn’t have a fantastic start and we needed a fresh attitude and more determination. I think we were in a good run before the disappointing result against Swansea.

“I hope that we’re going to bounce back against Manchester United.”

So Wenger has a big decision to make this weekend. After promising Theo Walcott that his future lies as a main striker in an effort to get the Englishman to sign a new contract extension, Le Prof could give Theo a big vote of confidence by starting him in this crucial match, but will he rely once again on Giroud proving that he can bounce back once again?

What would you do?

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14 thoughts on “Will Arsenal stick with Giroud against Man United?

  1. davidnz

    Leave Giroud in.
    Who will replace Ramsey?
    Wenger said prior to
    Swansea that Wilshere
    and Walcott are fully
    recovered and is playing
    both regularly from the bench.
    I would start Walcott because he is
    a specialist rht wing so the safest option.
    Too much of a risk starting Wilshere in that
    crucial link role. Leave Santi there.
    So Walcott for Ramsey the one change.

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    1. Goonsquad8

      Yup Walcott for ramsey so we can have pace on the wings and counter.

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  2. Benzorla

    Ospina-Bellerin-Gabriel-Koscielny-Monreal
    Coquelin-Cazorla-Ozil
    Walcott-Giroud-Sanchez..and we are good to go.

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  3. Raja Danish

    Ospina bellerin gabriel koscienly monreal coquelin cazorla/ramsey welbeck(if fit)/walcott ozil sanchez giroud… 2-1 For ARSENAL COYG!!!!

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  4. davidrusa

    If Wenger left Giroud out of Sunday’s game it would be the worst blunder of the year. Giroud’s value is not only in scoring goals but also in holding the ball, keeping opponent’s defence under pressure, winning aerial battles and defending against set pieces. Hence it would be very risky not to play Giroud. Besides Giroud thrives on being fed by the wings and midfielders. When he is starved of supply there is very little that he can do and that was the case against Swansea. However his value was realised when he was removed because we lost our aerial threat and a lot of balls went begging. Every player gets a blip period as was clearly evidenced by Sanchez’s barren run for a few games but now he is back to his good form. Similarly Giroud will bounce back and it could be tomorrow. However even if Giroud doesn’t score he does a lot to help the team and bring other players into the game. Besides playing the game, Giroud should also be allowed to complete the full 90 minutes because if it comes to scrambling for goals at the last minute Giroud is very useful because of his size. Our small players like Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil cannot stand up to strong defences and they get bulldozed and intimidated.

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  5. season ticket holder

    Welbeck as a striker costed us the title while Giroud was injured.4Goals in 22 apps says it all.Giroud is not good enough but he is the best we have

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  6. samuel@justarsenal.com

    The Gunners had failed to beat Swansea City FC at the Emirates last Monday night because they did not pounce on them to have their own App Data Game Plan activated. The Gunners had many shots on targets in that game but to the gallery as most of their shots were directed to Fabianski’s hands and thus made him looked great on the night. POUNCING is the KEY to App Data Game plan. Therefore, the Gunners must take that into cognizance a head of the visit to Old Trafford collect all the 3 points that will be at stake in that would be epic big game encounter on Sunday evening. The Gunners MUST bind all the Red Devils. In particular, all their arch Red Devils who stepped on the field of play to play must be double binded and all together cast out into the bottomless depth of the English Channel from the beginning of this end to the end of it. Marouane Fellaini’s aerial prowess must be called to order by the Gunners’ defense line. While Chris Smalling’s incursions into the Gunners box to have a ball deflect to Szczesney must be put to check. And if Jack Wilshere is played by the Boss, the Boss must warn not to miss a sitter and he must avoid dangerous tacklings. Ramdel Falcao, van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera’s shots must all be blocked by the Gunners. Juan Mata activities from the midfield area must be neutralized. And Arshley Young’s crosses mustn’t be blocked by the Gunners defenders. On no account should any Gunner ducked a headed ball but attack the ball. No Gunner should dodge a shot but blocked it.The Red Devils game time ball possession must be rendered unproductive by Gunners throughout the entire course of the game. The Gunners must be lethal and deadly by injection Vernon into De Gea in the Man Utd goal so that he wouldn’t looked great after the game but dejected as he had conceded the back breaker goal to Arsenal. The Gunners must not be shooting to De Gea’s hand to make it predictable for him to save the ball. But they should test him to acute angles. And above all, the Gunners MUST pounce on the Red Devils to activate the Boss App Data Game Plan of: REDENTING DAMAGED SUPERIORITY COMPLESION GUNNERS STARTS to prevail on LvG’s App Data Game Plan of: RECOVERY DENTED SUPERIORITY COMPLESION RED DEVILS STARTS. The Boss and the Gunners went to Old Trafford with an App Data Game Plan of DEVASTATING GUNNERS STARTS and dented the Red Devils game superiority in the FA Cup Q/F clash. And since then the Red Devils have been waiting for when the Gunners will come to Old Trafford to force them to panabeat the dent they did to their home game superiority to the Gunners. The Gunners MUST therefore resist any pressure from the Red Devils to force them to repair the dented home game superiority of the Red Devils against the Gunners since 2006. Instead to repair any dent, the Gunners MUST wreck more havoc to the Red Devils’ home game superiority to them by hammering the Red Devils to cause more dents.

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  7. samuel@justarsenal.com

    Errors! I am recommenting. The Gunners had failed to beat Swansea City FC at the Emirates last Monday night because they did not pounce on them to have their own App Data Game Plan activated. The Gunners had many shots on targets in that game but to the gallery as most of their shots were directed to Fabianski’s hands and thus made him looked great on the night. POUNCING is the KEY to App Data Game plan activating. Therefore, the Gunners must take that into cognizance a head of their visit to Old Trafford to collect all the 3 points that will be at stake in that would be epic big game encounter on Sunday evening and condemned Man Utd UCL playoffs. The Gunners MUST bind all the Red Devils. In particular, all their arch Red Devils who stepped on the field of play to play must be double binded and all together cast out into the bottomless depth of the English Channel from the beginning of this game to the end of it. Marouane Fellaini’s aerial prowess must be called to order by the Gunners’ defense line. While Chris Smalling’s incursions into the Gunners’ box to have a ball deflect to Szczesney must be put to check. And if Jack Wilshere is played by the Boss, the Boss must warn him not to miss a sitter and he must avoid dangerous tacklings. Ramdel Falcao, van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera’s shots must all be blocked by the Gunners. And Juan Mata activities from the midfield area to the Gunners’ box must be neutralized. And Arshley Young’s crosses must be blocked by the Gunners defenders. On no account should any Gunner ducked a headed ball but attack the ball. No Gunner should dodge a shot but blocked it. And no free header should be entertained by the Gunners defense line. Bytheway, is Wayne Rooney available to play in this game? The Red Devils game time ball possession must be rendered unproductive by the Gunners throughout the entire course of the game. The Gunners must be lethal and deadly by injecting Vernon into De Gea in the Man Utd goal to render him obsolete to save 2 deadly Gunners shots on targets. So that he wouldn’t looked great after the game but dejected as he had conceded the back breaker 2 goals to Arsenal. The Gunners must not be shooting to De Gea’s hands to make it predictable for him to save the ball. But they should test him to the acute angles of the goal post. And above all, the Gunners MUST pounce on the Red Devils to activate the Boss’ App Data Game Plan of: REDENTING DAMAGED SUPERIORITY COMPLESION GUNNERS STARTS to prevail on LvG’s App Data Game Plan of: RECOVERING DENTED SUPERIORITY COMPLESION RED DEVILS STARTS. The Boss and the Gunners went to Old Trafford with an App Data Game Plan of DEVASTATING GUNNERS STARTS and dented the Red Devils game superiority at home in the FA Cup Q/F clash. And since then the Red Devils have been waiting for when the Gunners will come to Old Trafford to force them to panabeat the dent they did to their home game superiority over the Gunners. The Gunners MUST therefore resist any pressure from the Red Devils to force them to repair their 1 time dented home game superiority against the Gunners since 2006. Instead of to repair any dent, the Gunners MUST wreck more havoc to the Red Devils’ home game superiority by hammering the Red Devils to cause more dents. Would the Boss like to starts a better arm reach Szczesney at the Gunners’ goal post, de-Abreu at LB over suspect Monreal and pacy Walcott at Right Wing in place of not very fit Ramsey for this game? My starts: Szczesney. BellerinRhino’KoscielnyDe-Abreu. CoquelinCazorla. WalcottOzilSanchez. Giroud. My Subs. Ospina GibbsMonrealChambersFlaminiWilshereAkpom.

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  8. samuel@justarsenal.com

    Errors! I am recommenting. The Gunners had failed to beat Swansea City FC at the Emirates last Monday night because they did not pounce on them to have their own App Data Game Plan activated. The Gunners had many shots on target in that game but to the gallery as most of their shots were directed to Fabianski’s hands and thus made him looked great on the night. POUNCING is the KEY to App Data Game plan activating. Therefore, the Gunners must take that into cognizance a head of their visit to Old Trafford to collect all the 3 points that will be at stake in that would be epic big game encounter on Sunday evening and condemned Man Utd to UCL playoffs. The Gunners MUST bind all the Red Devils. In particular, all their arch Red Devils who stepped on the field of play to play must be double binded and all together cast out into the bottomless depth of the English Channel from the beginning of this game to the end of it. Marouane Fellaini’s aerial prowess must be called to order by the Gunners’ defense line. While Chris Smalling’s incursions into the Gunners’ box to have a ball deflect to Szczesney must be put to check. And if Jack Wilshere is played by the Boss, the Boss must warn him not to miss a sitter and he must avoid dangerous tacklings. Ramdel Falcao, van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera’s shots must all be blocked by the Gunners. And Juan Mata activities from the midfield area to the Gunners’ box must be neutralized. And Arshley Young’s crosses must be blocked by the Gunners defenders. On no account should any Gunner ducked a headed ball but attack the ball. No Gunner should dodge a shot but blocked it. And no free header should be entertained by the Gunners defense line. Bytheway, is Wayne Rooney available to play in this game? The Red Devils game time ball possession must be rendered unproductive by the Gunners throughout the entire course of the game. The Gunners must be lethal and deadly by injecting Vernon into De Gea at the Man Utd goal post to render him obsolete to save the 2 deadly Gunners shots on target. So that he wouldn’t be looking great after the game but dejected as he had conceded the back breaker 2 goals to Arsenal. The Gunners must not be shooting to De Gea’s hands to make it predictable for him to save the ball. But they should test him to the acute angles of the goal post. And above all, the Gunners MUST pounce on the Red Devils to activate the Boss’ App Data Game Plan of: REDENTING DAMAGED SUPERIORITY COMPLESION GUNNERS STARTS to prevail on LvG’s App Data Game Plan of: RECOVERING DENTED SUPERIORITY COMPLESION RED DEVILS STARTS. The Boss and the Gunners went to Old Trafford with an App Data Game Plan of DEVASTATING GUNNERS STARTS and dented the Red Devils game superiority at home in the FA Cup Q/F clash. And since then the Red Devils have been waiting for when the Gunners will come to Old Trafford to force them to panabeat the dent they did to their home game superiority over the Gunners. The Gunners MUST therefore resist any pressure from the Red Devils to force them to repair their 1 time dented home game superiority against the Gunners since 2006. Instead of to repair any dent, the Gunners MUST wreck more havoc to the Red Devils’ home game superiority by hammering the Red Devils to cause more dents. Would the Boss like to starts a better arm reach Szczesney at the Gunners’ goal post, de-Abreu at LB over suspect Monreal and pacy Walcott at Right Wing in place of not very fit Ramsey for this game? My starts: Szczesney. BellerinRhino’KoscielnyDe-Abreu. CoquelinCazorla. WalcottOzilSanchez. Giroud. My Subs. Ospina GibbsMonrealChambersFlaminiWilshereAkpom.

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    1. GOONSTER

      Damn man… This novel must have taken you a long time to compose..

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      1. davidrusa

        If it’s a novel at all then it is in a language akin to English! There is a lot of unfamiliar jargon and slang that unless you are a close associate of the writer you may not fully understand what the gist of his writing is. It is no surprise that many people have thumbed him down!

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