Giroud has been one of the most criticized players for Arsenal in recent times. Bought in the summer of 2012 to replace Robin Van Persie, Giroud had huge boots to fill, especially when Van Persie came off a 37 goal season. Giroud had a relatively decent first season, finishing with 17 goals and 12 assists. It was no doubt a far cry from Van Persie’s standards but still commendable for a striker’s first season in English football. However, he was still criticized throughout the whole season, mainly on being slow and not able to finish chances. What is being neglected is how well he was able to link up Arsenal’s offense very well, allowing Arsenal to have a more balanced and diversified attack.
It is starting to look like Arsene Wenger is happy with his striking options at Arsenal, despite having had big problems in that position last season. The Gunners have signed the excellent Chile international Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, while Nicklas Bendtner has been released. That is a massive upgrade, but is it enough?
Don’t forget that Theo Walcott is going to miss the first month or so, while it may take Sanchez a little while to settle. So we are back to relying on Olivier Giroud up front, with Podolski on the left. Then there is the young Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell and the tall and powerful, but still raw, French forward Yaya Sanogo.
Hey, Arsenal fans, I am not complaining about the way Arsenal are doing their transfer business this summer. Well, not much anyway, because compared to last year, it is as if Arsene Wenger is rushing around like a headless chicken to get his signings done. Remember the horrible wait and frustration before the Gunners grabbed Mesut Ozil on deadline day?
So, the Frenchman has wrapped up the deals for two quality players so far, in Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez, but I think we can all agree that there needs to be more transfers made if Arsenal are to really push for the Premier League title while fighting in three cup competitions.
Maybe Arsene Wenger does listen to the Arsenal fans after all. If the Frenchman does finally sign a defensive midfielder this summer, that will be proof positive. Until that happens, however, we will just have to content ourselves with the knowledge that Wenger has finally seen the light and accepted that a strike force consisting of two big Frenchman, neither of which you could exactly call a great finisher, is not enough to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League trophies.
It does not get much more emphatic than this, Arsenal fans. It appears that the only thing stopping the Colombia international Jackson Martinez from joining Arsenal this summer is for the Gunners to finalise an agreement with his Portuguese club Porto.
As a report in The Express reveals, the hot shot striker has told the media that he is well aware that the two clubs are in talks, although he also says that his agent is dealing with his affairs while he keeps all his focus on the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Arsene Wenger is not exactly well known for making early substitutions. In fact, the Frenchman has been regularly criticised by Arsenal fans and football pundits for being a bit cautious in his approach to making changes on the pitch. But the Prof was praised, quite rightly, for his subs on Saturday.
The arrival of Yaya Sanogo for Podolski after an hour changed the shape of the game and even suggested that a 4-4-2 formation might be a useful option for Arsenal in the future. And the double change of Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky injected some pace into the Gunners side while taking advantage of a tiring Hull City, and it was rewarded with the winning goal minutes later.
Arsene Wenger is not having a go at Olivier Giroud, but he has compared the firepower of Arsenal to that of champions elect Manchester City and the team that could still beat them to the title, Liverpool, and found his team come up wanting.
I think he will find that every Arsenal fan on the planet could have told him that back in January. In fact I am surprised that he could sleep for all the crying out we were doing for the Frenchman to sign a striker in the winter window.
It is a shame that Arsenal have only three games left before the season ends. Even those three games, though, might be enough for Mesut Ozil to do some repair work to his damaged reputation. The Germany international will be looking for a confidence boost himself as well, before heading off to Brazil to try and inspire his fellow Germans to a World Cup win.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing a summer bid for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, Lars Bender. Wenger is said to have been tracking the defensive midfielder for a while and is said to be keen on signing the German. Lars is the twin brother of Sven Bender, who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund. He is known for his tireless work rate and incredible stamina. The German would add steel to an Arsenal midfield that has gone soft in recent years.
When Arsenal announced the transfer of the Germany striker Lukas Podolski a couple of years ago, the fans were understandably excited about it. A lethal striker with a fantastic international strike rate was just the sort of signing that Gooners had been waiting for.
It is fair to say that Podolski’s career at Arsenal has not gone as well as he of the fans would have liked. There have been flashes, like when he first arrived and in his last few games, but Lukas seems to have struggled more than most to adapt to England and the Premier League.