Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud has taken his chance well. Arsenal’s failure to sign a top striker during the summer presented Giroud with another chance to show he can lead the line and has proved that he is up to the job.
The Gunners were linked with big money moves for both Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez but failed with both attempts leaving Giroud as Arsenal’s main striker. Wenger admits that is was lucky for the Frenchman but he has taken his chance well.
“Nobody came in, so you know at the start of the season that at least you get the chance to show how good you are. I always thought that his second season would be the decisive one.”
“We have seen that many times – to adapt to the kind of game we play takes time. I was not too worries when we didn’t bring anyone in because I thought he had a chance to develop.”
Giroud has started all of Arsenal’s game except the Capital One Cup tie with West Brom and has scored six goals. His goals are just part of his play this season with the former Montpellier man holding up the ball well, bringing other players in to the game and racking up several assists too.
The Frenchman played a vital part in Arsenal’s unbelievable opening goal against Norwich playing a slick one-two with Jack Wilshere before assisting Özil’s first with a delightful cross. His strength and passing help him shield the ball and create attacks that were also evident when Arsenal stunned Napoli 2-0.
Despite his impressive form, the Gunners are continually being linked with more strikers in January and Wenger has refused to rule out a new arrival.
“We are not desperate to sign anyone in January. If there is a good opportunity, then why not?”