Boss: I want Giroud to stay, but …

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Boss: I want Giroud to stay, but ...

Arsene Wenger says he wants to keep Olivier Giroud at Arsenal, but has more or less told the French international that his time as the undisputed first choice striker is pretty much at an end.

With Alexis Sanchez playing brilliantly as the team’s centre-forward, Giroud has had a frustrating campaign thus far. He arrived back late from the European Championships, picked up an injury which set him back, and has stared just two games for the Gunners.

However, he has shown his worth, scoring five times, and the Arsenal manager still considers him an important part of the squad.

Reiterating his desire to offer new terms to the 30 year old, whose contract expires in 2018, he said the former Montpellier man must come to terms with the new reality of Arsenal’s forward line.

“If you have only one striker, the press says ‘why don’t you buy another striker?'”, he said.

“Once you buy one more they say ‘how can you keep him happy? I want Giroud to stay, I want Giroud to extend his contract. He is a very important player at the club, on the pitch and off the pitch.

“I want him to stay but, if he signs, he has to live with the competition. He has to decide if he can live with what is going on, but personally I like Giroud very much.

“You cannot keep them all happy but our job is we produce every weekend unhappy people.”

Earlier this week Giroud’s agent denied that his client would be seeking to move on in January, and there’s no doubt he’ll be an asset for us this season.

Whether he’s willing to accept the role of super-sub in the longer-term is another question, but for now let’s hope he keeps chipping in with the goals.

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JackyBoy
JackyBoy

I can’t imagine Giroud let go. Not now, when we are doing so well. Let’s remember Alexis also had his bad days, especially last season. They both must stay!

remember the invincible
remember the invincible

to be honest, and I feel bad for Giroud, his role should be as a super-sub. He’s not a 30-goal a season striker but he is a very good second choice who will get games. He could be more, but his finishing hasn’t been upto the mark when he’s started games. He’s much better as a finisher when he comes off the bench. It’s a strange one but that’s how it is.

David C
David C

He is 30 so he has to decide if he wants to rotate in on a great squad or lead the line for a good squad. I sure hope he stays for a couple more seasons at least.

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

Giroud is such an underrated player. He’s got us out of a pinch many times. Sure he’s got a different game than dribble-through-crowds strikers but a goal’s a goal.

We’d be mad to let him go.

Pedant
Pedant

I like Giroud a lot and his goalscoring record is very good. However he is one-footed and slow.

So I wouldn’t mind if he moved on if we had a great alternative. Otherwise happy to keep him if he is willing to fight for his place and keeps up his form.

Monksy
Monksy

If I was Giroud, I’d be content with coming off the bench for 20-30 mins a week as long as we go on to win the league, otherwise it will feel like a wasted season for him.

COYG!

atracción secundaria lucas perez
atracción secundaria lucas perez

Giroud is an awesome player and has been great for the gunners but it would be hard to see him stay past the summer window.

Eyob
Eyob

Alexis is a much better player than Giroud. But Giroud is a slightly better striker. I think, if a time comes when we just need a striker on pitch never minding other aspects of the game, Giroud will come handy.

Ciaran
Ciaran

Giroud is the best first touch finisher in the EPL the last three years. Just search YouTube for the clip compilation. He works so hard off the ball and brings so many players into the game with his hold up play. All he lacks is consistency. He’s a different player to Alexis and it’s already been proven to be effective to bring him on in games where Alexis struggles. Two 6ft + defenders hate dealing with him compared to Alexis and when they need bullying… Giroud can facilitate that.

COYG this weekend, let’s keep momentum going!!

FrankTheTank
FrankTheTank

Giroud is a good impact option off the bench, and it would be great for us to keep that option.

Ofcourse he would probably be a starter for most clubs outside of the top 6, so he needs to make a decision of either staying put as a backup and off the bench impact sub with the possibilities of winning trophies or going to a smaller club and playing every week.

Zicco
Zicco

Yes he is slow and one footed but how many set pieces have we converted?

Even if we get a ‘better’ player to replace Giroud doesnt mean he would fit in, Might even be a flop. Giroud brings another option to our style of play.

I hope he stay and keep the compitition going.

baz00r
baz00r

I love our striker options at the moment, and soon with Welbeck coming back they are going to be even better. Remember when Manure won the treble, they had Sherringham, Cole, Yorke and Solskjær!

Drom Glance
Drom Glance

They’re both class, but Giroud is a much different player than Alexis, and because they’re so different in style, both of them are crucial to Arsenal’s game plan.

Eftee 3:16
Eftee 3:16

I’m particularly fond of Olivier Giroud because he puts in an honest shift each time he comes on. He it was who led the line when Robin van Persie left us in the lurch. Honorary mention also goes to Lukas Podolski. And that is why I will never criticize either player till time’s finality.

jw1
jw1

Think back to the Man City– Strikers (Goals)– during their recent title seasons:
2011-2012 Aguero (30), Džeko (18), Ballotelli (17)
2013-2014 Aguero (28), Džeko (26), Negredo (23)

Giroud is a parallel to Edin Džeko.
Those were Džeko’s finest years as a player– being the number #2 man on title-winning teams.
Ego needs to take a back seat to potential silverware/honors.

jw1

clins
clins

i understand if he wants to leave but i always thought he would’ve at the very least put up a decent fight for the striker position. all those years he claimed that he would welcome the competition if arsenal bought another striker, what did he thought we would buy ……….another sanago. he hasnt had a decent run due to injuries and he is already planning to leave. i would love it if he will stay , i always appreciated him as a player. he is not the best but he is unique and that will be an asset for us

Arigoon
Arigoon

Who said he’s planning to leave?

Iceberg10
Iceberg10

TBH I get very angry whenever I see our own Arsenal getting on Giroud’s back when his contribution, especially in terms of numbers is excellent. Sure he ain’t the quickest but he does his job, which is to score goals. The same set of critics would scream at Arsene to sign him after the Euros if he isn’t already at the club given how effective he was for France. He’s extremely underrated and seriously, he’s our player! If you don’t like him, you don’t have to give him hell, it won’t make his job any easier.

Shane
Shane

Great to see the positive Girroud comments, great player, he’s got to be part of this team for us to take out the PL.

Ngatia
Ngatia

Olivier should always come from the bench,supersub

Salmin
Salmin

Well said

Salmin
Salmin

Glad to hear such thing.

Birchgrove
Birchgrove

Aguero – Dzeko
Sanchez – Giroud

I’ve been saying it forever.. Sanchez should’ve always been centre forward with Giroud in backup against the teams where a target man is essential.
It’s starting to work!

Jim wall
Jim wall

Great player to come on for the last 20minutes or so gives something different is great at holding up the ball and brilliant in the air please stay olly

BODMAS
BODMAS

Yes I hope he stays… Sanchez can’t play all the games…COYG… ALL AM SAYING IS 3POINTS TODAY PLEASE

Holding Rob
Holding Rob

He should be what solskjaer was for manure. Stay with us as an impact sub and win lot’s of titles

Anthony
Anthony

Really want Ollie to stay, would love to see us experiment with a 3 5 2 with both Ollie and Sanchez together, something like:

Cech

Gibbs Koscielny Bellerin
Xhaka Coquelin
Ox Ozil Walcott
Sanchez Giroud

We’ve got Xhaka and Coquelin covering the back three, width in Ox and Walcott to stretch the opposition with the pace of Gibbs and Bellerin providing the overlap

Ozil will do his thing, and let’s be fair, all of our forwards have a decent cross in them and can pick out a pass. So we can play to Girouds aerial ability which is first rate.

Ollie can hold the ball up and provide assists for Sanchez.

Of course, it depends on the opposition. And then we still have options from the bench in Ramsey, Iwobi and defensively Mustafi can come on to protect a lead.

If everyone is fit and and available there is also Welbeck and Santi to consider along with Per, so plenty of options.

sanchez jr
sanchez jr

How can you dare leave mustafi out the starting line up

DB10's Air Miles
DB10's Air Miles

I don’t fancy playing with just the one centre back and bellerin would be a much better option as a wingback than either of the ox or Theo. If this 3-5-2 business works for cunte’s Chelsea then loads of people will be using it next season, just like the 4-5-1 a few years back.

Anthony
Anthony

Not suggesting in the slightest that we line up like this every week, as an experiment may be interesting to see how a 2 up top with Giroud and Sanchez would work.

I imagine when opposition teams see our line up with Alexis or Giroud up top they decide on how they might play a certain way to try and nullify the threat posed.

In the instance where we have both, who do they pick as the person to nullify. Which is partly why I suggested direct players such as Theo and Ox as they also provide a goal threat.

Agree completely in regard to just one centre-back though he could be adequately covered by having two defensive minded midfielders ahead of him.

Of course you could play with 3 centrebacks and sacrifice Theo and Ox for Bellerin and Monreal/Gibbs but loose the natural ability in front of goal that Theo provides.

So many options, the way we are playing right now doesn’t justify such a change, but if we wanted to give more playing time to Giroud, this is potentially a way of doing so.

Glad I’m not the manager.

Godfrey Twatschloch
Godfrey Twatschloch

HFB has carried us through some heavy seasons as our only striker and we’ve seen him sometimes buckle under the strain. Although berated by many for not being the “world class striker” they demand him to be he’s soldiered on and given everything. All things considered he’s a fine player with good character and I hope he stays with us long enough to lift a PL trophy. He’s earned it!

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Prolonging his career with sub appearances and early round cup games etc might not be a bad way for him to go, especially if he can negotiate a wee bump in salary. I’m sure he’ll continue to pick up the odd league start too over the course of a season.

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

He has been fantastic for us, very consistent too season by season, and for 12m?! I’m fully behind the guy whatever he decides, but I hope he stays.

TonyP
TonyP

I rate OG very highly, solid pro. Have not seen his type since Sparky Hughes, able to hold incoming balls with back to opposition goal and then play on by himself or to others.

Cas
Cas

Giroud doesn’t have to come on the last 20-30 mins, he has to be on the pitch especially when the opponent parks the bus. Be it half time or before the match, all the coach needs to do is analyse the opponent and determine who fits the team better.

santori
santori

Again there’s little understanding to what Wenger is trying to spell out here.

What he is saying is that the days of us having only one realistic option up top are over.

We now have options.

Giroud is not a second option rather he is one of 3 (4 with Welbeck) options we can employ to break different teams and defensive set ups down.

Alexis is not going to be effective up top every game. He isn’t going to score and sometimes we will need the big man whether he starts or comes in later is subjective.

When you consider how City (with all their limitless resources) have struggled without Agueoro, you come to understand how effective Wenger has been in the market.

Who are Aguero’s back ups? Ineacho and NOlito?

They don’t even have a sledgehammer like GIroud to break down teams sitting deep like say Leicester who are now 4 up!

On that note, those castigating Wenger on his market knowledge should do well to ask what pill Pep takes.

Stones for how much?

Media darlings and favorites don’t look very solid in depth it would seem.:D

An Ox-sized Coq
An Ox-sized Coq

Remember that even though Giroud is 30, he didn’t join the top level until he was 23 or 24. So I’d say he still has several years in him.

Raymond Franchi
Raymond Franchi

Giroud’s pace may be in question, but he brings energy, attitude, and desire to the pitch…. We need him

heihaci
heihaci

we need our plan B super sub to challenge for the title