Since the end of the last campaign a number of players have been linked to Arsenal.
In the past two weeks, Arsenal have suffered blows as players who had been strongly linked with them opted to sign elsewhere, notably Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic who signed for Napoli and Manchester City respectively.
One thing you will note is all of them are strikers, which begs the question: how important is Olivier Giroud to the Arsenal team?
Now Arsenal have been strongly linked with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for a couple of weeks now, with the player expressing his desire to leave Anfield this summer.
Arsenal have already had two bids for Suarez rejected by Liverpool, though they are still determined to bring the Uruguayan international to the Emirates Stadium.
If the move materialises, it will mean the position of Giroud as the central striker for the club will be no longer guaranteed, which means he will have to fight for his place in the starting line-up.
No doubt Suarez is a quality striker and it won’t be easy for Giroud to a have a place in the starting berth; however, he has vowed to retain that position no matter who Arsenal sign this summer.
Having said that, if Arsenal can get their hands on Suarez, then with Giroud it will offer them the much-needed depth in their squad, something that has been missing a couple of seasons back.
In his debut season, Giroud at least showed some quality in the later stages of the season, after a rough start at the beginning. He established himself as the first-choice central striker in the course of the season finding the back of the net 17 times.
In this pre-season tour of Asia, that is still underway, he has already scored six goals in three matches.
The 26-year-old France international believes that he will still be in the first eleven come next season. He said: “I’m not worried. I have heard a lot of things and I know we need a striker. The most important thing is the team. We are waiting for one (new striker) but we don’t know. I think it will be good for the team and for me to have another striker to have more competition between us. But I think I could play with him or without him. So I will be able to be in the first XI this season.”
This just shows with competition for the striking role, Giroud can even get better next season, as opposed to last season where he didn’t have a credible competitor to keep him on toes.
No doubt Giroud is still a key player at Arsenal even if a new striker arrives.
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