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.
He followed up this effort with a 22 goal season and there were so many instances where his footballing brain was able to allow Arsenal to score some quite spectacular goals. Examples would be Wilshere against Norwich and Rosicky against Sunderland.
My gut feeling is that we should stick with Giroud. He has proven himself to be one of the strongest forwards in the league, outmuscling center halfs in the league week in, week out. He has also improved as a finisher and with pace on both falnks with Alexis and Theo, he will certainly flourish even more.
He may not be the quickest striker but his style of being a traditional centre-forward will come as a surprise to many teams and I sincerely believe he is the man spearhead Arsenal’s hunt for major honours this coming season.
What do you guys think about Giroud?