The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are slightly concerned at reports linking Olivier Giroud with an exit from the Emirates this summer…
After all, though it is easily forgotten, Giroud has been a very important player for Arsenal for a number of years. For several years, when Arsenal were unwilling to spend big, the Frenchman was relied upon pretty heavily by Arsene Wenger – quickly emerging as a pretty impressive forward for the Gunners.
Much is often made about the Frenchman, but when put in context, his record in Arsenal’s famous red shirt is actually very good. He has regularly scored more than 10 goals each season, picking up 16 goals twice, but his contributions go far beyond that too. Often playing as a lone striker, his hold up play and ability to bring the players around him into play is often fantastic, and so whilst his record might not match up well against the likes of Harry Kane or Diego Costa, there is no doubting his quality. Still, whilst last season he rarely featured, he still scored 12 goals – which proves just how good he really is.
Though it is hard to believe, Giroud is also one of the more experienced members of the Arsenal first team, and at 30-years-old, he has years of time at the highest level behind him. With Arsenal looking to embark on a new era next season, that has never been more important – and Wenger would be wise to hold on to him as a result.
Truthfully, if Arsenal sign a prolific new forward, Giroud may well be replaced in the starting eleven each week. But even so, the Frenchman proved last season that his role from the bench can be invaluable, and so Arsenal simply cannot afford to lose him.
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