Olivier Giroud comes under the microscope for his performances during the 2013-14 season.
Arsenal are reportedly looking for a striker in the summer, but they need one not to replace Olivier Giroud but to complement him.
The France international joined the Gunners from Montpellier in the summer of 2012, having led the French club to the Ligue 1 title. Not unexpectedly, the 27-year-old did not set the Premier League on fire in his debut season in England, scoring just 11 goals in 34 appearances.
However, in 2013-14 Giroud demonstrated a massive improvement and netted 16 goals in 36 league starts. When you throw in the eight assists that he provided for his teammates, then you get the feeling that he has been successful, at least on a personal.
Yet, the stats below would illustrate that the striker still needs to improve.
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Giroud himself believes that he has had “a great season” on a personal level for Arsenal and is looking forward to the North London club’s FA Cup final against Hull City at Wembley on Saturday.
‘I think I'm quite fit so I feel good in my body’, he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘Even if I have the World Cup after the season it was a great season for me and I don't feel tired because we have a really exciting finish and I look forward to it... We are confident but you know it's one game so we have to be cautious, focus on our game and carry on what we have done well in these last weeks’.
Giroud has come under criticisms from time to time for his lack of mobility in front of goal, and there is this feeling that he is not really a world-class striker. However, the Frenchman does help in the Gunners ‘defending from the front’ and has developed over the course of the season.
Giroud will be playing for France at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil in the summer, and that’s because he did have a productive 2013-14 campaign. Yet, there is always room for improvement.