With the arrival of new record signing Alexandre Lacazette for £ 52.7 million it would seem the writing is on the wall for Olivier Giroud as far as his time as a Gunner is concerned. The Frenchman featured sporadically for Arsenal last with Alexis Sanchez the preferred choice to lead the line.
And the recent signing of Lacazette may look to push him out of the Arsenal, but before that should happen there are few issues to be taken into consideration. Giroud may not be highly rated as a ‘world class’ center forward, but here are three reasons why it would serve to Arsenal’s advantage to keep the French forward.
Olivier Giroud has proven to be a great super sub for Arsenal, just last night against Leicester the Frenchman came off the bench to score an 85th minute winner for the Gunners. He did the same last at Old Trafford scoring a 90th minute equalizer against Manchester United. With a knack to score last minute goals players like Giroud are worth their worth in gold, and that knack can turn not only around only a match but an entire season.
Giroud brings a different element to Arsenal with a physical presence, aerial ability and his ability to link up well with his teammates. This would work well if he were to play along with Lacazette providing knock downs for Arsenal’s new front to score from. This could be seen in last night’s game as Giroud crafted an opportunity to set up Lacazette which was saved by Schmeichel.
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A Premier League season is long and hard, so it would be absurd to expect Arsenal’s forward line to be firing on all cylinders for the whole season and there will be a slump in form sometime in the season. This is where Giroud can fit in as a temporary solution for when Lacazette, Welbeck and Sanchez aren't 100 percent. Let's say maybe Giroud can chip with 10-12 goals that would surely help take pressure off his teammates and if Arsenal are fortunate Giroud might even go a tear and give Lacazette a real push for a place in the team.