Redknapp: Arsenal out of race, Giroud not capable, Wenger must replace

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal are out of sorts having lost 6-0 to Chelsea, suffering a humiliating reality check in their Premier League title challenge.

Chelsea have knocked Arsenal out of the race for this year's Premier League title after an absorbing domination at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a match which exposed Olivier Giroud's lack of quality when it comes to the grander stages, according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who implies Arsene Wenger may have paid the price for not successfully recruiting a striker during the mid-season market and, as such, should look to supplement his forward line when players are once again available for trading in the summer.

"Arsenal have had too many beatings in the big games; that's the problem," said Redknapp, studying the club's results as they conceded six on Saturday, five versus Liverpool just one month ago and six against Manchester City at the tail-end of 2013.

Looking back on the Saturday slaughter, when Arsenal were 3-0 down within 17 minutes, Redknapp alludes to how it could have been different had Giroud converted an early chance at an opportune moment during the brief moment when the match was all square.

"There was a big moment in that game when Giroud went through three minutes into the game and should have scored but he didn't and [Samuel] Eto'o went and scored up the other end - that is symptomatic of Arsenal's problems; they haven't been able to produce in big matches [and] that's when their defensive frailties come to the forefront."

Redknapp then claims that, had Giroud been an elite-level performer like Robin van Persie was for Manchester United during their title-winning season last year, then he would have been able to capitalise on his chance. On current form this season, Giroud - on average - finds the net once from every 5.6 shots. Even when he is in and out of the side due to perpetual injury, van Persie has scored with one from every 4.0 shots, on average.

"I'm not trying to pick on Giroud but the best sides [convert] the best moments. When you look at Manchester United last year, there were moments when they were struggling but Robin van Persie scored that all-important goal to take the pressure off the whole team.

"Giroud just isn't capable of doing that and I think that's something that Arsene Wenger has to address in the summer," he said, in what should be an encouragement for Wenger to revisit the potential in bidding for players of Alvaro Morata's calibre, or even Diego Costa.

"I think you can pretty much rule Arsenal out [of the title race] now - they've got too much to do. That performance would have absolutely killed them today."

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