Posted on Thursday, 25th October 2012 by Tony Merakli
The 25-year-old French striker has only managed to score twice in 11 games in all competitions for The Gunners since his summer switch from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier.
However, the legendary left-back insists Giroud’s failure to find the net partially lies with the wide players’ inability to provide him service.
The 48-year-old sports pundit recently stated:
‘If you’re playing with a player like Giroud, who is not as quick or mobile as some players they’ve had up front previously, you have to vary it, get balls out wide, take players on and get crosses into the box.’
‘I don’t think Arsenal are playing to Giroud’s strengths and I’ve been disappointed with the wide players in the last couple of games. I don’t think they’ve produced the quality we expect from them.’
To a certain degree, Winterburn has a point – our wide men haven’t been providing Giroud with any great service to latch on to, especially in the crossing/corners department. Any lone striker will look poor if the service form the midfield/wingers is not up to standard.
However, on the other hand, Giroud has missed some sitters already this season – the one against Sunderland in the dying minutes of the game comes to mind.
In any case, if we want to see the best of Giroud, like Winterburn said, the wingers need to feed him and supply him ammunition. This is something I believe will come in time.
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