Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp fears for the status of Olivier Giroud in the current Arsenal squad.
Redknapp has suggested that the French striker could struggle to get back into the team following the impact Danny Welbeck has made at the club, alongside the form of Alexis Sanchez.
“The only man who might not be enjoying his performances is Olivier Giroud. With Theo Walcott back, Giroud might end up with Andy Carroll syndrome - how on earth does he get back in the team?” wrote Redknapp for the Daily Mail.
“A frontline of Welbeck, Walcott and Sanchez spells speed and goals. But I’m sure Arsene Wenger would rather have him in his squad than not.”
Welbeck was signed at the end of last summer’s transfer window when there was real pressure on the Gunners to sign competition for Giroud, who has been Arsenal’s main striker since he’s been at the club.
As things stand, few Gunners would argue with Welbeck playing through the middle in a system where Wenger only uses on striker.
On the occasions he plays with two up top, releasing one of his midfielders to go and support Welbeck, Sanchez seems to be that man at the moment.
No Arsenal player is guaranteed his place in the squad and Redknapp is right to suggest that Giroud faces a fight to get his place back and that competition for places is only going to benefit Arsenal over the course of the season.