Arsenal played a semi-entertaining match last night against bitter rivals Manchester United but failed to score against David Moyes' side.
A win at the Emirates would have put the Gunners back on top of the log, however after a very disappointing display at Anfield, many expected a stellar performance against a United side that is in shambles. But playing to a goalless draw revealed the cracks in the Gunners cannon that they need to address.
Up front, they employed Giroud to blast the goals and, although he did try a couple of shots on goal, Arsenal should have called upon Podolski to go up front.
Podolski offers something the Gunners need in attack that Giroud can't offer - speed. All-in-all, Giroud is great at holding up play waiting for spaces to open up and his teammates to run in, but, with Podolski, Arsenal have speed, chance creation and character.
Podolski has been coming off the bench in recent games and at times scoring goals for the side. Had Wenger slotted Podolski in the game on the hour mark, Arsenal could have created a lot of chances and scored probably two goals.
Podolski has the ability to run at defenders, cause havoc and score even from long range if the bus is parked by the opposition.
Arsenal need to give him more game time, as he's a hungry player. Hungry for game time and he would be enough competition for Giroud who, of late, has been complacent and is showing a lack of hunger.
Arsene Wenger needs to get Podolski in for the Liverpool match on Sunday and the German is certain to repay the favour with an outstanding performance. Giroud needs to be benched and get the fire back in his belly.
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