Olivier Giroud, signed last year from Montpellier for around £10 million, had a fairly average first season, scoring 13 goals in all competitions, but I’m here to debate whether that tally could have been improved or improved Arsenal’s goal tally last campaign, and if it could be used next season.
The formation change that I believe could have helped last year would have been to use two strikers, either placing Walcott or Podolski as a second striker. The way in which I think this move could have been beneficial is largely due to the hold up play and flick ons which Giroud is very able to provide and are some of his best attributes. With the pace and finishing of Walcott and Podolski they could easily be put into decent positions either through on goal or in a position where they can play it to a better positioned player.
Those who watched the assist Giroud made for Podolski in the game against Montepiller in the champions league last season will know what I am talking about ( that goal has now been voted as Arsenal’s goal of the second). Another goal that shows Giroud’s link up play abilities is the one Gibbs scored against Swansea in the 2-2 that we played in the FA cup.
If Podolski had have been playing at CF throughout the season I believe that we could have seen these type of link up more often not least because it is Podolski’s preferred position. Also Giroud is not the kind of player who can create goals on his own, what he is best at is receiving the ball and giving it to a playmaker to create, too many times last year I saw him stranded up front with no help and he doesn’t have the ability to create goals from that position.
By having a second striker Giroud would also be put into positions which allow him to score more goals, which he desperately needs. That said, next season could be a promising one for Giroud as he should be fully adapted to the style of the premier league and of Arsenal and stats have shown that he performs much better in his second year at a club, this coupled with the competition provided presuming Arsenal sign a new striker shows that next season could be a promising one for Giroud and Arsenal.