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Arsenal: Can Olivier Giroud compete with Higuain?

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Giroud may fall down the pecking order. (©GettyImages)
Giroud may fall down the pecking order. (©GettyImages).

Gonzalo Higuain's move to Arsenal looks to be drawing closer with each passing day. 

Should the lethal striker complete his move to the Emirates, it could see Olivier Giroud lose his place in the first team.

Giroud had a pretty good first season in English football, scoring 17 goals and providing 11 assists for his team mates during the campaign. 

While the tally is a very healthy return for a debut season, it's clear Giroud isn't the quality forward Arsenal need to see them challenge for honours. 

He often went missing in games, especially when an opposition team would sit deep and deny the Frenchman space to work in. The striker's first touch can often be too heavy and he doesn't possess the skill Robin van Persie displayed in an Arsenal shirt.

The fact Arsenal's winger's can't seem to cross well on a consistent basis makes it hard for Giroud to utilize his best asset, his strength in the air.

Higuain's potential arrival could likely see Giroud drop to the bench as Wenger rarely changes from his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Playing both of them as a duo could be an effective partnership as Higuain likes to play off the shoulder and Giroud has the ability to flick on long balls. This would be most effective against teams who play with a high line and could be a useful plan B - something the Gunners have lacked in recent seasons.

Wayne Rooney has also been linked with a move to the club and the arrival of both Higuain and Rooney (unlikely) would surely dishearten the Frenchman. 

Where do you see Giroud fitting in if Higuain makes the move to Arsenal? Leave your thoughts below.


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