Goal-a-game Frenchman to be Arsenal secret weapon?

While I do agree with the majority of Arsenal fans in feeling that having Olivier Giroud as the team’s first choice centre forward is unlikely to steer Arsenal to the Premier League title, I do not want the big Frenchman to leave the club as I feel that in him we have a top class player to bring off the bench.

Giroud proved himself time and again as a super sub for the Gunners this season and I feel he has it in him to keep doing so once again next season and that is a huge asset for any side to have in a long and arduous campaign with European games and two domestic cups to cope with as well as the league.

Ever since coming to north London after firing his former club Montpellier to their first French title, Giroud has steadily improved with his performances and stats for Arsenal and this season he proved that he has the right attitude to have an impact off the bench even though he would rather be starting games.

I reckon he could be in line to start a fair few games next season as well, especially those in which we expect to be dominant on the ball and face a deep lying and well organised defensive unit looking to deny space and frustrate the fluency of Arsenal.

On a final note I would just like to point out that the hat-trick scored by Giroud for France against Paraguay this week was the first for his nation since 2000 but more importantly, it took the big Gunner onto 16 goals in his last 16 internationals. Not bad for a sub eh?



  1. ThirdManJW says:

    As long as he’s fine with being a sub, I’d keep Giroud. Even last season, he started way too many games, which ultimately cost us a top four spot. We need a deep squad what with the Europa League, so rotate Giroud for those games maybe? Knowing Wenger, and Arsenal, we’ll start with Giroud as our main striker YET AGAIN next season!!!!!

  2. McLovin says:

    He’s been with us 5 seasons already, 4 of them he played as the main striker in the starting XI. His not a secret weapon, everyone knows what he can offer and how many goals. Odd thing is that this season he was mostly used from the bench and he still was only few goals behind his average tally for us.

    So either sell him for good profit and bring us a top, top forward or keep him on the bench. Both options are fine with me. But he has no business starting for us.

    1. Efe iteire says:

      I totally agree with you, Mclovin

  3. gotanidea says:

    Giroud can save us with his headers as a substitution in the next season, just like what he did in the last season. This tall target man tactic is too predictable and should not be used by a top European football club, but Arsenal still cannot find its best system yet.

    The 3-4-2-1 worked at the end of the last season, because many teams were surprised, but the same teams will be more prepared in the next season. Arsenal will struggle to score from open plays and this would be where Giroud can help us with his dominance in the air.

    I just hope Arsenal will find a new competitor for Giroud, that should be better technically, better in finishing and faster.

  4. emmy says:

    his is good at anything he does.thanks

  5. Kostafi says:

    He is a super sub and also flat track bully. We might actually win the league cup if he starts in that competition. Definitely one to be rotated in and out for the Europa league and Cup.

    I don’t know about this £95m bid for Mbappe though. Can he deliver? I’d rather we put three-quarters of that to Dortmund to hijack Aubameyang…

    1. Abel says:

      There is no such bid. Just media made up BS. He will go to the highest bidder next summer. He will be at Monaco next season.

      1. JPS_AFC1 says:

        I don’t think so mate. Reliable sources are reporting it. Even Robbie from AFTV has people telling him it ain’t a fake bid and not media hype. I think it may be to much money for an 18 year old but he looks like he has it all and I don’t trust Wenger with much anymore but I do trust him when it comes to spotting young French talent that will end up taking the world by storm. Anelka, Viera, Henry,Pires he has done it time and time again.I would probably rather a Belotti, Lacazette, Lukaku or Aubamayang though but I’m afraid Mbappe will make me eat those words in the next few years . If the boy is looking to go somewhere where he will get plenty off 1st team opportunities though it has to be us or Monaco. I don’t think he will go to Real Madrid to warm the bench for Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema and co. 1st time in a long long time I’m looking forward to the summer as a Gooner though I’m excited.

    2. GunnerJack says:

      So you’ve learned a new phrase and jumped on the bandwagon huh? “Flat track bully”… and you thought it would be clever to apply it to Giroud. Flat track bully implies he can only score against so-called weak teams. As he scored against Chelsea, PSG, Man. Utd and Italy last season that makes him a real flat track bully doesn’t it? Perhaps you can find a new bandwagon to jump on?

  6. Dexter says:

    Why don’t we get aguero… With Gabriel jesus in man city, aguero’s place is uncertain. With aguero and giroud as our strikers, we have little or nothing to worry about. Plus an aguero-Alexis partnership would be great. We could even use Alexis and aguero up front in a 4-4-2 system or 4-3-1-2 with ozil as the attacking mf. Believe me arsenal will be unstoppable

    1. JPS_AFC1 says:

      I like that Idea. Only problem is he has been injury prone in the last couple off years and mate do you really think that will get any better at our club.Thats the only thing I worry about with KunAguero other than that he is world class and exactly the type off goal scorer we need

  7. Janssen says:

    With all due respect to all who love Giroud and to the author of the above article, Giroud (and Ramsey) symbolizes for me all that has been wrong with Arsenal over the last year. He is OK but not good enough.

    I have to give Giroud credit for doing a good job coming off the bench but my fear is that he will start games for us and that is a depressing thought to me.

    I think Wenger will keep him around but that is not an issue I get excited about for next season. I get excited about finding out how we will do with 3 at the back for a whole season. I am curious to see if Xhaka can continue to improve, I am curious about Saed, I am worried about Sanchez staying or about the caliber of his replacement but I not curious or excited about anything Giroud or Ramsey for next season. They will both be around and neither will surprise me.

    1. Janssen says:

      that shoud have been “the last years” not “the last year”

  8. 268gunner says:

    It’s quite obvious that Monaco isn’t interested in selling mbappe this season at least especially if it’s to be believed that real offered more than we did so I hope this isn’t the case just as with higuan, benzema and morata where we spend whole summer chasing a target who were never realistically gonna get anyway and end up wasting a whole transfer window with no plan b in regards to transfers with giroud as our number one and welbeck as our back up and the usual end of transfer panick buys. I’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t end well.

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