It is of course the start of silly season when it comes to transfer rumours and linking Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to players. In many cases players that he would never buy due to excessive cost or if we are honest wouldn’t come, because the lure of more money or perhaps quicker success potential elsewhere. So I would like to throw a name in the hat of a player we’ve not been linked with, but who fits the profile of a Wenger signing 100%.
I do not believe that Robin van Persie will necessarily leave Arsenal and I certainly remain optimistic that he will sign a new contract, but I am convinced that he cannot carry the goal scoring burden on his own forever. I like the look of Park, but he is not the same style of player as our skipper and it is this type of similar player I feel we need, for two reasons. Firstly so when Wenger does wish to rest Robin we have a readymade replacement and do not need to change the style and flow of the team. Secondly so that when RVP does leave us, either next summer of in the future, we have his successor already in our ranks.
My nomination for the tough role is currently flying high in Ligue 1, tops the scoring charts and his name is Olivier Giroud.
Giroud has 8 goals in 12 starts for Montpellier who have proved the surprise package in the French top flight so far this season. He is highly mobile and like van Persie superb with his back to goal, holding the ball up well and bringing his midfielders into play. He is 6’3” and carries a great aerial threat, but like our skipper has lovely touch, awareness and a sweet left foot. Since joining Montpellier at the start of last season from Tours, Giroud has scored 20 times in 48 games, previously notching up 38 in only 69 in the second division. He certainly seems to have much more about him than the hapless Chamakh and at only 25 has his best years immediately ahead of him.
His talent and excellent current form have just earned him his first call up for ‘Les Bleus’ for next week’s friendlies against Belgium and the USA, joining our very own Laurent Koscielny in the squad.