At times, Giroud’s hold-up play is integral to the way that Arsenal play and is exactly what the team needs to be able to build around. His lack of pace does limit the side on occasion, but it is not his fault that Arsene Wenger makes mistakes tactically and doesn’t pick the correct XI for certain occasions.
Another striker is an absolute must for Arsenal. Danny Welbeck has been hit with another long injury lay-off and, as we’ve all known for years, they are desperate for a top quality striker to help them challenge for the title.
We’ve got a few pointers for you, Arsene. FIVE strikers that would brush Olivier Giroud out of contention…
1. GONZALO HIGUAIN
The Argentine has found his best form since his move to Napoli and has been unfortunate not to win a Scudetto yet.
Not the pace merchant that some may think Arsenal need, Higuain can link play as well as Giroud whilst being a far more clinical finisher. Although he would be extremely costly for a 28-year-old Higuain is the ideal player for this Arsenal team.
2. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG
One of the quickest players in Europe, Aubameyang would terrorise Premier League defences and provide a stark alternative to Olivier Giroud’s back-to-goal game.
At 26, Aubameyang should still have his best years ahead of him, too. The concern will be that one injury could really hamper is game if it limited his pace.
3. MICHY BATSHUAYI
Batshuayi is still raw – as you’d expect of a player his age – with his hold-up play needing work and his decision making occasionally poor. However, his nine league assists this season will definitely pique Wenger’s interest.
4. KELECHI IHEANACHO
Everyone knows that Arsene Wenger has a thing for buying younger players, although stealing Kelechi Iheanacho away from Manchester City would be one of the most astonishing transfers of the last decade.
Iheanacho is closer to being ready to lead the line at a big club than many would think and, as he has proven, he is a natural goalscorer. At 19, Iheanacho is liable to make some questionable decisions in the final third, but he has all the components there to become a truly world-class striker.
Arsenal would have to break the bank – and it may take a bit of time – but Iheanacho could be the ideal man for Arsenal. The concern is that they need someone who can take advantage of the quality in their squad now, not in a few seasons.
5. ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE
Will Lacazette be the flavour of the summer as he was in 2015?
We are yet to find out, but the Lyon man has regained his form in dramatic fashion and is likely to finish as the second highest scorer in Ligue 1 – only behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
A far for versatile forward than Giroud, Lacazette can drift off the shoulder of the deepest defender with ease and has feet sharp enough in their movement to trouble even the fleetest footed of defenders.