Arsenal should keep Olivier Giroud at the club, even if they sign another striker this summer. Here’s why.
Last week, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud talked about his disappointment on not getting much game time last season. The Frenchman started just 11 games and made 18 appearances through the bench last season for Arsenal.
“Wenger is counting on me even though he hasn’t used me much. I will not settle for limited playing time (next season) like last season”
Looking at Arsenal’s increasing interest in Kylian Mbappe and links with Alexandre Lacazette, it looks almost certain that Arsene Wenger will bring a new striker to the Emirates Stadium next season before the transfer window is closed.
GIROUD ATTRACTING INTEREST
Lyon president Aulas & advisor Houllier were in London this week to discuss a possible transfer of Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal, according to Le Progres, a regional daily in France. According to them, Lyon had also enquired about Giroud. A swap deal with additional money is a possibility.
Arsenal have already turned down Marseille’s £20 million bid for the Frenchman earlier this month.
West Ham are another club that have shown interest after Giroud hinted that he could be open for a move this summer.
GIROUD’S FAILURE AT ARSENAL AND SUCCESS FOR FRANCE
Arsenal replaced Robin van Persie with Giroud when the former joined Manchester United. Giroud has never been that striker for Arsenal who would win them the Premier League. A major reason for that is Arsenal’s style of play.
Arsenal’s way of playing football has always been about mobility, one of Giroud’s weaknesses. He is more of a finisher, who would just want to wait in the box and want you to play the ball to him. He is one of the biggest aerial threats in the Premier League, something Arsenal have failed to take advantage of. Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin, in his last three years, has just managed to assist Giroud thrice, which tells you a lot about how Arsenal have failed to play through Giroud’s strengths.
On the other hand, Giroud has been the first choice striker for France for a long time now and French style of play has certainly suited him. Giroud has scored 17 goals in his last 17 appearances for the French, and was an important part of the French team that reached the finals of the Euros last year. He recently scored a hattrick against Paraguay winning the match ball.
WHY ARSENAL SHOULD KEEP GIROUD IN THE SUMMER
While Arsenal are set to bring in a new striker in the summer, it will be very important for them to manage to keep Giroud. Chiefly because Arsenal will be having Europa League fixtures next season. And if Arsenal are to set their eyes on winning the Europa League, depth in the squad will play a major role.
We have seen in the last few seasons how lack of depth in the squad and losing key players due to injuries at important times have ended Arsenal’s title challenge in recent years. So with Danny Welbeck being injury prone and a new striker coming in, it would be risky for Arsenal to let Giroud go, with so many fixtures next season.
Also, Giroud is an incredible substitute. He changed the game after coming on a number of times last season, winning Arsenal several points.
Notable ones were the late header against Manchester United at The Old Trafford, a late winner against West Brom. Giroud came on as a substitute in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea, and his first involvement in the game was an assist to Aaron Ramsey’s goal that won Arsenal the FA Cup.
So it will be very important for Arsenal to keep Giroud this season, with a new striker, which will see Arsenal having two strikers with completely different qualities, along with Danny Welbeck.