Why selling Giroud is a BAD idea for Arsenal

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Selling Olivier Giroud could be counter productive for Arsenal this summer.

Olivier Giroud’s position at Arsenal is reportedly under threat according to the latest round of reports.

The Arsenal forward has struggled in recent times ever since news about that incident in a hotel room hit the national press.

Few would argue against the Frenchman being axed this summer but that may not be the best thing that Arsene Wenger could do.

Arsenal do need to sign attacking firepower this season because while Giroud has been one of the highest scoring strikers this season, his side have suffered for not having an alternative.

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 29 28 2,514
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 20 25 2,011
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 15 17 1,199
Jay Rodriguez Southampton FW 15 33 2,567
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 15 27 2,268
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 13 31 2,669

The point is that Wenger needs to sign a forward or forwards who can come into the squad, competing and working alongside Giroud which will help to make him a better player.

The extra competition would eradicate the chance of any complacency creeping in and a better or more expensive player could help Giroud transform himself into a more active all round centre forward.

Giroud has been the main man in Arsenal’s attack and they haven’t had a high profile, proven player to slot into the centre of attack ahead of him with Lukas Podolski increasingly confined to a left midfield role.

Selling Giroud would place pressure on Wenger to get a better centre forward in and considering the complications which arise in modern transfers, there’s no guarantee he’d get more than one player.

In short, axing Giroud and replacing him with just one forward is the wrong way for Wenger to go about the problem.

Keeping Giroud and adding another striker to the squad leaves Arsenal with two decent centre forward options which the boss can use and rotate in different systems.

The only way Giroud could be sold and not leave a situation where his replacement would be under pressure, is if Wenger goes out and invests heavily in more than one striker.

He should only start worrying about his position if Wenger signs multiple attacking players as soon as the transfer window opens.

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