How Chelsea's Costa deal could give Wenger a major problem

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Any Chelsea deal for Diego Costa could pave the way for Olivier Giroud to join Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea’s reportedly planned deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa could give Arsene Wenger a problem, a big one.

The latest reports have suggested that Atletico are lining up a move for Frenchman Olivier Giroud as they seem to be getting ready for life without their current hit man up front.

Chelsea seem to be the favourites to land Costa in a multi-million deal, which could pave the way for one of Arsenal’s most important players to leave the club.

Giroud has been off the boil slightly over the second half of the season after an impressive first part of the Premier League campaign.

Some fans may not see it as a blow to lose the Frenchman but his been one of the most effective players at the Emirates Stadium this season in terms of goals and assists.

  ClubPosGoal AssistGoalsAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 9 5 24 1,969
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 8 9 22 1,701
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 7 4 30 2,527
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 7 15 34 2,917
Theo Walcott Arsenal MF 4 5 13 858

Wenger already had a difficult job on his hands this summer in terms of bringing in the right forward to compete with and alongside Giroud in the first team squad.

Should the Frenchman leave then the boss is faced with a situation where he has to build a completely new attack ahead of a season where he’ll be under more pressure than ever before to win the Premier League.

A newly assembled attack could present him with a variety of challenges, which could escalate if the side start missing out on their first choice attacking targets.

It’s important that Wenger manages to keep hold of Giroud because he is an experienced Premier League forward and while his goal ratio could be higher this season, he’s still bagged more goals than anyone else in Arsenal colours.

Not only does Wenger have to work hard to keep Giroud, he has to work hard to ensure that the forwards coming in don’t jeopardise the Frenchman’s status in the squad.

He’s an important first team member and someone that Wenger is better off with than without.

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