Olivier Giroud is a striker that many Arsenal fans think is not good enough. He is certainly not the type of player you pay to go and see, like Alexis Sanchez, but his contribution to the Gunners team is vital.
Many fans in Giroud's early days said that he never scored important goals. Important braces against Fulham and Reading quickly rubbished those accusations, and Arsenal fans moved onto Giroud never scoring in big games.
However, the winning goal in the north London derby clash against Tottenham Hotspur last year and goals against both Manchester clubs this term have quashed those taunts also.
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It seems that Giroud is used as a scapegoat from Arsenal fans all to often. When they lost to Swansea City on Monday night, fans somehow argued that Giroud was to blame, calling him a "world class model" "not a "world class striker".
The managers tactics
In terms of the Swansea game, Arsene Wenger was just tactically clueless. He decided to take Giroud off for Theo Walcott, to which Arsenal then started to cross the ball into the box frequently, something they hadn't done up to that point.
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It amazes me how Gunners fans can blame Giroud when Wenger took off Arsenal's only striker when they were searching for a win.
Best in the world
There is something that Giroud does however, that no-one in the world does better. That is the 'near post run'. A lot of strikers these days may be much better technically than Giroud, but it makes me believe that if Giroud was quicker, he'd be considered in the same bracket as players like Sergio Aguero.
“The boss is making me work daily on my technique,” Giroud told Arsenal Magazine. “It’s never easy for tall players to have quick feet so I”m working hard on that. As a target man, I need to be good in my movement, not just be capable of holding the ball up.”
The near post run is a fantastic goal getting technique for any striker, especially slower forwards. Notable goals from Giroud's 'signature' technique include his two goals against Middlesborough, Tottenham, and most recently Newcastle.
It is something that the 28-year-old Frenchman is fantastic at, and it shows in his Premier League scoring records, averaging nearly a goal every other game in his time at Arsenal.
Is Giroud good enough to guide Arsenal to a Premier League title? Who would be a better option for the Gunners? Let us know in the comments!
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