It’s up to Olivier Giroud to make himself the number one striker at Arsenal because no one is going to do it for him.
Olivier Giroud made a £9.6 million transfer to Arsenal last summer which would have caused a little bit of scepticism within the ranks of Arsenal supporters.
As Spring is fast approaching that scepticism will still be in place because while Giroud has made an impact at the club, he has not turned himself into the first choice striker and figure that the club need.
Giroud arrived at Arsenal with a record of 21 goals in 36 Ligue 1 games which is a strike rate of greater than a goal every other game. He’s responded with nine goals from 17 Premier League starts and nine sub appearances.
Part of it is the fact that he’s had to settle down in another league and another football culture but there are some ways he can take it upon himself to keep Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, effectively a winger, from taking a position which should undoubtedly be his.
Ask any Arsenal fan on the street and they won’t particularly care if a player is in bad form, if he’s going about his business, busting a gut for the side and genuinely owning his position out on the field.
Giroud doesn’t have that sort of authority yet and he needs to work all the more harder to make sure everyone knows he’s the best striker at the club and that he should be paid that respect.
The only competition where he’s looked like replicating his Montpellier form is the FA Cup where he’s started all of the matches he’s been selected four, bagging goals at one in two during the process.
He’s started three games in the Champions League and has come off the bench on three occasions and missed a sitter of a chance during the recent last 16 first leg against Bayern Munich.
He just has to utilise and work on what he’s good at which is poaching goals. Arsenal have the players in their midfield to do all of the work for him and his sole focus needs to be pure and unadulterated selfishness.
If he taps in 20 goals every season for the Gunners as long as he’s at the club then he’ll be one of their best top scorers, the point is how much does he want that and how much is he willing to try?
Giroud is being outgunned by a player in Walcott who is only playing up front because he made a song and dance about it. The Frenchman needs to change that in a positive way.
Arsenal fans, what are your views on Giroud?
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