Posted on Friday, 15th June 2012 by Taaza
Olivier Giroud – does the name ring a bell? If it hasn’t, it should. He’s been all over the sports pages in the past couple of days – this largely due to his Ligue 1 form from last season, form which led to the 25-year-old bagging 25 goals for French champions Montpellier.
Europe’s elite were put on high alert after his goal-scoring exploits. Many are rumoured to be chasing Giroud this summer, but Montpellier coach Rene Girard believes the French striker’s next destination is The Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen on bringing Giroud to Arsenal this summer, and it has been reported that he is a long-term admirer of the French forward.
It is understandable as to why Montpellier are reluctant to let go of their star striker, but Girard recently admitted that Giroud is likely to move to Arsenal, if they can agree a deal with the French champions.
Girard told French radio station RMC:
‘Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene [Wenger] agrees with the president [Louis Nicollin], he will sign for them.’
Well I for one can’t wait for the transfer window to officially open.
Giroud has really been causing a ruckus in the football world recently, and I do hope we sign him.
He is currently with the French national squad in Poland and Ukraine, but the player is expected to make a decision on his future after the tournament like many others. The Gunners are so keen on Giroud that reports suggest the north London club are trying to get the striker to withdraw from the France squad to finalise a deal.
But if we do sign him, what will Wenger exactly do with him?
Well, in my honest opinion, I think he would be a starter, playing upfront.
Wenger seems to be in love with his current 4-3-3 formation, and if he sticks with this system next season, then I see Wenger playing Giroud as the lone front man. Giroud is a complete striker, a lone man, a player who may struggle to play in the wider positions of the attack.
I of course make this assumption with Robin van Persie’s Arsenal future still in doubt.
Giroud could well be a replacement for the undecided Dutchman this summer. So assuming RVP leaves our front-line would consist of Lukas Podolski, Oliver Giroud, Theo Walcott and/or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
If Van Persie stays then I think Giroud would be used more as a sub – unless maybe Wenger plays a front three of Podolski, Giroud and Van Persie. On paper, this looks lethal, whether or not we will see it remains undetermined.
What do you guys reckon Wenger will do with Giroud? Where will he play the French striker if he manages to sign him?
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