Whatever you think about the striker situation at Arsenal with the France international Olivier Giroud, with some claiming the big man is simply not up to the job and some feeling that he just needs more help, I think we can all agree that Arsenal are much better off with a Giroud that is full of confidence than one who is not.
That is why Arsenal fans should be feeling very happy about the way that Euro 2016 has gone so far, unless you happen to be an England fan as well of course but let’s not go into that. Giroud went into this tournament with a lot of criticism ringing in his ears after enduring the longest barren spell in front of goal in an Arsenal shirt. And despite ending that run with a hat-trick on the final day and scoring for his country he was the target of some jeering from the French fans.
Things have really started to motor for the big man at the big tournament though, with two well taken goals in last night’s quarter-final win over Iceland taking him onto three for the tournament. As well as surely cementing his place in the France side Giroud is now right in the race for the Golden Boot, with only his team mate Antoine Griezmann ahead on four goals so far.
Giroud is tied on three with Bale, Payet and Morata but the Spaniard’s tournament is over and with the Arsenal striker leading the line for France who are now scoring freely I think he has a good chance of finishing on top. That would be a great boost for Arsenal to get our centre forward back buzzing and full of the confidence that could help him to start the Premier League title challenge with a bang.
Will he win it and what would it mean to Arsenal if he does?