Can Ozil help Giroud become the Premier League's golden boot winner?

Giroud V Stoke

Arsenal’s main striker Olivier Giroud would have had a big grin on his face yesterday with the news about Mesut Ozil growing.

Now that the German is signed, sealed and delivered, Arsenal fans can start looking forward to what his inclusion in their starting eleven means and whether he can hold together the core of Arsenal’s side.

The Gunners probably now have one of the best, if not the best, packs of midfielders in the Premier League, rivalled by only Chelsea and possibly Manchester City.

The reason the news is so significant for Giroud is Arsenal now have a touch player to go alongside Santi Cazorla at the top of the midfield and someone who can feed the Frenchman chances on a regular basis.

Giroud has had a fantastic start to the season which has seen him bag goals in all three of Arsenal’s Premier League games and they have been important goals, with the latest proving to be the winner against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby.

The overlying worry for Arsenal fans will be whether Giroud is capable of keeping up his good form, becoming the sort of prolific striker that the club has missed since Robin van Persie left for Manchester United.

Having Ozil at the top of the midfield creates two major positives for Arsenal and in particular Giroud as he sets his sights on the golden boot.

Giroud is the sort of forward who can play effectively on the shoulder of the defence, occupying two defenders and pushing the opposition back four deeper towards their own goal.

That creates more space for someone like Ozil to operate in and the fact he’s the leading assist provider from La Liga over the last two seasons (30 assists) proves how effective he is in the opponent’s final third.

Ozil is capable of playing very simple balls through and behind any opposition back four and Giroud’s skill in terms of playing on the shoulder means he could start running on to some very simple one-on-one chances.

The other area where Ozil is going to help Giroud is his skill in terms of distribution across the midfield.

You won’t see Giroud smacking in goals from 30 yards too often, he’s the sort of striker who likes to pin the opposition defence back, lurking in and around the penalty area.

Ozil’s timing in terms of when to play the ball wide is perfect, with the general idea that a wider player can slot the ball across goal, creating easy chances for the Frenchman to score.

Ozil’s also very good at knowing when to move the ball to another creative player, in this case it would be Cazorla, who is equally capable of setting up Giroud in similar circumstances.

This could well turn out to be one of the best signings that Arsene Wenger ever makes Giroud should be licking his lips at the prospect of leading Arsenal’s attack.

How do you expect Ozil and Giroud to play together?

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