Arsene Wenger says he’d like to give Olivier Giroud a rest, but has praised the Frenchman’s contribution to the way the team plays.
Giroud as the focal point of the Arsenal attack gives us a physical presence up front, and he averages 2 defensive clearances/interceptions per game also.
While Lukas Podolski is waiting in the wings, he’s not quite the same kind of player, and Wenger admits that’s a factor. Pressed about when he might rest the former Montpellier man, he said, “I don’t know.
“Every time I think I give him a rest but we have a team that is a bit short, lightweight and more focused on mobility and technical movement so he is the one guy who has that strength and structure for us.
“That fighting up front is very important for us.”
The obvious solution, of course, is to use Bendtner who is, at least, a similar player in terms of style and stature, or go and buy another forward in January. However, we’re not holding our breath about Arsenal doing any business when the window opens in a couple of days time.
Giroud also revealed after the game that the studs to the foot he received in the first half cut his foot, which would explain why he limped back onto the pitch after half-time.
Credit to him for playing through the pain, but if we’re to keep him fit, the boss might want to think about one of the other options ahead of the Cardiff game.