Arsenal are keeping faith with Giroud by Sam P.
Whatever the Arsenal fans may think of Olivier Giroud, and the fact that we regularly hear the strains of his name being sung to the tune of Hey Jude by The Beatles suggests that not everyone thinks he is a lumbering donkey with wonky aim, I think we all need to accept the fact that Arsene Wenger has a lot of faith in his fellow countryman.
So those of you out there who have been getting excited, ever since the failed transfer bid for the Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy proved once and for all that the boss was after a new forward in the summer transfer window, need to realise that whoever does come to Arsenal will not be coming as a replacement for the big Frenchman but as competition and cover for him.
Even if it turns out to be the Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain that Wenger signs from Napoli, do not expect him to be an automatic starter while Giroud keeps the bench warm. It has been talked about ever since he first arrived in north London from Montpellier that Giroud brings a lot more to the team than goals.
An Evening Standard report makes it clear that the rumours of Arsenal offering our centre forward to Napoli as part of the deal for Higuain are way off the mark. His performances for France at Euro 2016 should have done his confidence levels the world of good and at 29-years old the striker is at his peak so it would be odd to lose faith with him now would it not?
The way that Wenger has Arsenal set up to play, usually anyway as we dominate possession against all but the biggest clubs we face, means that his power as a target man and his link up play are invaluable in breaking down stubborn defences and bringing the players around him into dangerous areas.
And despite from that horrible barren spell last season, when perhaps the pressure on him to score became too much of a burden, we can usually rely on Olly to get goals as well. His rate of scoring has hovered around the goal every other game mark and that is not too bad, especially when you consider he is not really a goal poacher.
help? what are you helping a striker that goes 12- 20 games goal drought do? what are u helping a so-called striker that with the creativity of Ozil,Czorla,alexis etc manages to score 13goals and 3 against an already relegated Aston Villa and calls that “one of his best seasons”.
Arsenal needs no1 to ‘help’ Giroud; we need a striker to do his job by scoring goals and convert the multitude of chances we create.
in all of Europe’s top5 leagues only Suarez scored more goals than Higuain-(36 goals).
I ll personally drive Giroud to Naples if that is what ll stop Arsenal for finally getting a real striker after 4years of a ‘model’
If Giroud needs to be sold for us to get somebody like Higuain, who is a guarantee 20+ goals a season, then do it. We only play with one upfront anyways, so we need a B level striker to play backup. That’s Welbz who is unfortunately injured. It get’s tricky whether we wait on Welbeck to recover or maybe get a loan for the season if possible. Cause Sanogo/ Akpom/ Asano as possible backups are not very good options at all. Giroud has had 4 seasons to solidify himself as No 1. and instead he goes on 2 month goal droughts. I would love to have Higuain and Giroud, but if it’s not possible then so be it. Time for Arsenal to become more ruthless. It’s sad that Giroud would leave the club before Walcott though, who is a complete waste of space.
Why do we not talk about Walcott? Arsenal season ticket holders should all boo Walcott, even in friendlies when in Emirates. He needs to go, he has survived being pathetic for ages just because he is English, and dragged us back
it is not Walcott mistake,
If we have to boo someone, he should be Wenger
Does everybody forget how good Alexis is as a striker,against England he filled that role and bossed our defence if we cant get higauin or lacazette buy draxler he looked good at the euros and I would genuinely have Alexis up front we all know he’s a great finisher a run of games in that position and you are guaranteed he will get goals.