BBC pundit clarifies who Arsenal should play up front

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Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have shared striker duties this season.

Former player Danny Mills believes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger should stick to playing Olivier Giroud up front regardless of who the opposition are, the BBC report.

Giroud and Theo Walcott have shared striker duties on a number of occasions this season, with the latter seemingly preferred when the Gunners opt to sit back and try to hit on the counterattack.

While Arsenal have had success with Walcott playing up front in the past, the England international struggled in the recent 3-2 defeat at Manchester United and touched the ball only 17 times in 63 minutes.

Indeed, Mills believes the North London side are a much better proposition with Giroud up front on his own and called for the French international to be the focal point of the team

"I didn't get why they played Theo Walcott up front at the weekend. They need to have Olivier Giroud as the target man and the focal point,” Mills said.

On Arsenal’s title chances, he added: “You have to ask: does the burden of failure hinder Arsenal? Leicester and Tottenham don't have that and that could be helping them right now."

  Goals per GameAssists per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameAerial Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Olivier Giroud 0.43 0.14 36.07 15.86 2.75 1.79 28
Theo Walcott 0.18 0.09 23.95 10.09 0.23 2.32 22

As shown by the table provided by Opta, Giroud is undoubtedly the more effective striker of the two as he outshines Walcott in as many as five key attacking categories.

The former Montpellier man posts more goals, assists, touches, accurate passes and aerial duel winners per Premier League fixture with his ability to link the play key to Arsenal’s attacks.

One criticism which could be aimed at the two is their lack of profligacy, yet the Gunners’ midfielders also have a duty of chipping in with goals and some have not quite performed to the standards expected of them.

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