When I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, Arsenal’s potential acquisition could be essential in helping the club return to it’s former standards.
It’s now pretty much common knowledge that Montpelier striker Olivier Giroud is close to completing a move to Arsenal.
But the question Gunners fans may be tentatively and reluctantly allowing themselves to ask is does the £12 million purchase pave a convenient passage for Robin Van Persie to leg it out of North London to Manchester or Turin? Either way, there’s no doubt in my mind that this deal can only mean good things for The Gunners, and here’s three reasons why:
To give the star man a helping hand.
I for one believe Robin Van Persie will remain at Arsenal next season. I’m not sure whether it’s blind faith in a player who has seemingly conducted himself superbly over the last few seasons, a naive believe that the individual might yet think he owes the club after sticking by him throughout an injury ravished career, but I do think he’ll stay.
If he does, he’ll be pleased to know that he won’t just find turned heads when he looks around desperately for assistance as he drags his side through another game, there’ll be two established internationals at the top of their game just waiting to help out in Lukas Podolski and Giroud. Not the most common attributes to find in new arrivals at the Emirates, but it appears Arsene Wenger has finally changed tact.
Luckily for him that means if he ever faces AC Milan again in a Champions League knock out game, and he needs to throw on a striker to help the weary legs of his influential Dutchman, he won’t have to see the apologetic face of Marouane Chamakh tentitively peering across at him.
He’s a genuine finisher.
As previously mentioned, it’s not often that Arsenal bring in a player at the peak of his powers for a substantial investment. At £12 million the French man represents the clubs most significant outlay since Andre Arshavin, and we all know how smoothly that went. Giroud may just fair a little better though. A far cry from the erratic and light weight Russian, Giroud’s build and presence will aid rather than hinder the teams attempts to shirk their soft centered image.
Add to that the fact that the striker, as opposed to his new teammates, will have recently tasted success after spearheading Montpellier’s impressive surge to the Ligue 1 title. He scored 21 goals in the process, and consistently showed he has the ability to poach all types of goals – a quality Arsenal desperately require.
He’s got bottle
At 25 Giroud could be described a late bloomer. Throughout his early 20’s he plied his trade at clubs such as Grenoble and Tours, but at the age of 23 his perseverance was finally rewarded with a move to the future champions.
Since then he’s established himself in the international set up and garnered interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs. Evidently he possesses all the right qualities to adapt to the English game, and the character to ensure he’s not just another Maroane Chamakh.
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