Arsenal’s fans are in full force at the Transfer Tavern and are happy to have a new number nine.
However this man might not be so pleased.
Remember back in 2011 when Andy Carroll signed for Liverpool from Newcastle? A proficient striker for Newcastle who grabbed bags of goals, who couldn’t replicate that form for his new club.
Why? Because Liverpool didn’t play a style of football that fit Andy Carroll’s natural instincts as a forward.
Newcastle used to pump the ball long and wide then play a cross into the box where they would find Carroll, simple yet effective.
Liverpool didn’t do that so his time at Liverpool was deemed a failure, even though he is still a good striker.
The same can be argued for Olivier Giroud, it’s no secret that the six foot two inch tall striker’s best quality is his ability in the air, that may not have been obvious in recent times but it is.
Arsenal do not play that classic style of football that would fit Giroud.
They play a passing game with Ozil looking for the forward runs to play them in behind.
That system perfectly fits a forward like Lacazette which is why he will probably be a big success at Arsenal, meaning Giroud probably won’t be getting much game time next season.
Giroud found his play time limited this season too but with the addition of the new £52 million striker, he will surely be relegated to domestic cup ties.
The links with West Ham make the most sense to our landlord, if Andy Carroll departs.
West Ham have good wide players who they like to play through to get the ball into the box.
A simpler style suits a target man like Giroud and should he move, whether it is to West Ham or not, he can prove how good he can be.
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