Should the Ox and Giroud be worried about their Arsenal futures?

Now that Arsenal have this newfound squad depth, the Gunners are beginning to see a number of players, who were previously regulars, being relegated to the bench or even out of the squad completely.

Two names that come to mind are French international striker Olivier Giroud, who is yet to make more than a few appearances this season due to a lack of fitness, and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, who cannot get his head into the game. With the pressure being on for results at Arsenal and competition for places the highest it’s been for years, but Ox and Giroud must be concerned for the spots in the team.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has had his say on the matter after the Gunners’ late 1-0 win over Burnley this weekend. Wright said: ‘I am worried for Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. I can’t see how you’re going to take Alexis Sanchez out of the role because he seems to have found that he likes it. Giroud would slow it up and no one can play in front of Iwobi.’

Oxlade-Chamberlain may have played his part in scoring the late winner against Burnley, but that is pretty much all he had to offer for the team. His performance, like the rest of the players, was largely uninspiring, slow and, frankly, they seemed disinterested for large parts of the fixture. Chamberlain has struggled these past few years to get himself into the Arsenal team, partially due to injures, partially due to his own form. It’s come to a point in his Arsenal career where he is expected to have risen to the heights where he should be a key player for Arsenal. But as of this moment, he’s struggling for game time and has fallen down the pecking order behind Iwobi.

As for Giroud, I’m really concerned for his future at the club, with Arsenal finding they have a much better striker in the form of a converted Alexis Sanchez. The Frenchman’s fitness is also a big concern and after many seasons of not cutting it as a regularly scoring striker, Giroud’s chances of remaining as a first choice player, may begin to fall.

Do Giroud and Chamberlain have futures at Arsenal past this season?



  1. Giroud is 30 and Ox is 23 so Ox hasn’t reached his prime yet

    Well I don’t know what’s going on with Giroud and Wenger
    Giroud had a fantastic performance with the French national team however he hasn’t played much.

    Ox is still young and has a couple more years to improve

    1. The OX just need to show consistency, and make the most of when he starts
      When he comes on as a sub he looks promising and exciting
      but when he starts he doesn’t show that, i really dont know why
      but he has the potential, wwhen he gets on his bike nobody can stop him
      if he adds the end product, we’ll have top class player

  2. Truth is, Theo scored 13 goals in total when he was 21.
    11 goals when he was 22.
    21 goals when he was 23.

    Then he was injury ridden for few seasons but still managed to grab some goals.

    OX is now 23 years old and his best is 4 goals in a season. 4 GOALS. And that was his first season when he was 18! His time is slowly running out unless something drastic happens..

    1. Reason why I am comparing OX to Theo is, no matter how inconsistent Theo’s been, he has scored the goals and this season he has shown he HAS THE QUALITY.

      OX needs to show his quality if he has any. One good match in 10 is not enough. He needs goals and assists.

  3. Different strokes for different blokes.
    They don’t exactly play in same positions so comparing goal stats is like comparing apples with pears,

  4. For the longest time I thought that our English core is pretty much untouchable. Well, Gibbs is now a backup to Nacho; Theo is playing lights out because of the squad depth and competition for places; and Wilshere is out on loan at Bournemouth. Ox? IMHO, he either needs to wake up and smell the roses, or be cut. Simple as that. I’m sick and tired of his lackluster performances and extremely poor attitude. I don’t see fight nor desire in his play. If anything, he should’ve been gone, not Joel Campbell.

    As for Giroud – he’s still got his place in the squad. There’s a lot of games to play, and depending on the opponent he can either start, or come in from the bench, and contribute with goals and assists. His hold up play is second to none, he’s great in the air, solid up front as well as defensively. Whether it’s his toe injury or something else, I’m sure it’ll pass and the good ‘ole Ollie will be back.

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