Season after season, Olivier Giroud’s ability is questioned by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman insists on dropping his countryman from the side despite the striker having an impressive goals to game ratio.
Giroud finds himself unjustly playing second fiddle to Theo Walcott at times, who boasts a record of 216 games and 52 goals, whereas the French international has 47 goals in 109 appearances.
The January and summer transfer markets see pundits call repeatedly for Wenger to invest in a new star striker.
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The 29-year-old joined Arsenal in June 2012 from Ligue 1 side Montpellier for a sum of £12 million. Giroud scored 21 goals during his final season in France, helping his former side beat favourites Paris Saint-Germain to the league title.
Giroud has scored seven goals in his last eight games for club and country, and recently admitted to Sky Sports that being dropped from Arsenal's line up gave him a much-needed wakeup call.
His technical ability, aerial threat and strength make him a difficult opponent for any defender.
Standing at 6 ft 3, the Frenchman also has what many others of his size lack - ball control.
Giroud’s style of play makes him a perfect fit for Arsenal given his technical ability compliments that of playmakers Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, whilst his ability to convert chances is particularly consistent.
If Arsenal are to secure a long awaited Premier League title, though,the solution is not to replace or drop Giroud - it is to simply provide him with a strike partner.
Giroud has similar technical ability to that of Dennis Bergkamp. The Dutchman, who played alongside an out and out striker in Thierry Henry, lead Arsenal to a number of league titles.
If Wenger can find someone to compliment Giroud, then Arsenal may find the winning formula to break their Premier League duck.
Arsenal fans: can the Gunners win the Premier League title with Giroud spearheading their attack? And who would you like to see partner the Frenchman upfront? Let us know in the comments below.
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