While Theo Walcott wants to play up front for Arsenal, team-mate Olivier Giroud wants him to stay on the wing and supply him with assists, according to the Sunday People.
Following Arsenal’s 5-2 victory over Spurs yesterday afternoon, Walcott came out and reiterated his desire to play up front for The Gunners.
However, Giroud, who has netted five goals in his last five games, which includes the one he got yesterday at The Emirates and a brace against Fulham last weekend, reckons Walcott would be better off out wide and has dubbed the England international as his ‘favourite supplier’.
The 25-year-old France international said:
‘Looking at the goals from last weekend it was another cross from my favourite supplier Theo. The more we play together, the better it is – and Theo always seems able to find me.
‘I know in the past Arsenal fans have moaned about the lack of crosses but hopefully my heading ability and height can give other options to the team.’
There is no doubt in my mind that Giroud will get better as time goes by. His off the ball movement, hold up play and aerial ability have added a new dimension to Arsenal’s attacking play, and that’s good to see as a fan. He is also starting to settle at the club and is forming a good understanding with both Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, especially with the latter of the two players mentioned.
For Giroud’s sake, it would be best for him if Walcott remains out on the wing. However, Theo wants to play up front and, from what we can gather, he isn’t putting pen to paper because he wants to be guaranteed that specific role by Arsene Wenger.
But with the current formation we have, I just can’t see this happening.
In any case, I’m glad to see Giroud has finally found his feet at Arsenal and hope he continues to impress and bag more goals.
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