Posted on Sunday, 30th September 2012 by Tony Merakli
After squandering another glorious chance to bag at least a point at The Emirates yesterday afternoon against Chelsea, is it fair to label Olivier Giroud a flop?
The 25-year-old striker has failed to convert in front of goal in six Premier League games, but could/should have had at least three to his name already this season.
His missed opportunities have cost The Gunners a few valuable points, leaving several fans, and pundits alike, questioning Arsene Wenger’s decision to sign the France international from Montpellier over the summer.
After his last-minute miss against Chelsea yesterday afternoon, Wenger was left wondering how the French striker failed to hit the back of the net:
‘[Giroud] was in a good position. Why did he not score? I don’t know.‘
Asked whether or not Giroud should’ve scored, Wenger replied:
‘I felt [he should have scored], yes.’
Clearly the pressure to get off the mark in the league has got to Giroud, and his inability to find the net is somewhat rightly receiving criticism.
I for one like the player – his off the ball movement, aerial ability and hold-up play is great. But as a striker you are judged on how many goals you score, that’s it.
I do believe Giroud will come good – it’s only been six league games. I think he has adapted well to the English game but looks to have left his shooting boots back in France.
He needs to finish off the chances he receives or creates and find his shooting boots ASAP. If he fails to do this or continues his poor run in front of goal then he could very rapidly find himself in Marouane Chamakh’s position, on the bench and not even talked about.
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