Koscielny hails Giroud, talks squad depth

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Koscielny hails Giroud, talks squad depth

Laurent Koscielny says that Olivier Giroud’s goal against West Brom is an indication of Arsenal’s squad depth, where players who haven’t been playing much can contribute.

Monday’s 1-0 win saw the French striker start his first Premier League game of the season – certainly not a stat he’d have been aiming for at the beginning of the campaign.

However, he notched his 6th goal of the season to ensure the Gunners took three vital points in a difficult encounter.

“He stayed focused with the team,” said Koscielny afterwards. “We are not 11 or 18 players, we are 25 players.

“All the players who play for Arsenal have a big part to play during the season because of injuries and suspensions, and everyone needs to be ready to fight for this club.

“Today, Oli started and he tried to give his best on the pitch. He fought and it’s good for him to score the winning goal.”

And after a hard week following two defeats, Koscielny is looking for the West Brom win to rebuild some confidence.

“We lost two games in a week last week and it was very important to come back with a win,” he continued.

“The confidence will come back when you win and the most important thing now is to continue to win games in a row so that hopefully we can get into the first position.”

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Dawn
Dawn

Oli deserves to start every game when he is 100% fit.

nesso
nesso

I certainly don’t agree with you bruv.

Jimbo1
Jimbo1

That was the problem previously when he was the top striker at the club. He scores certain types of goal against certain opposition, but does not offer enough movement or technique to open up defences consistently. Alexis is a better starter option most of the time.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Look at how he’s used for France. He’s placed at the front and deluged with a hail of crosses toward him from all and sundry….and he gets goals. It’s not particularly efficient in cross to goals conversion, but it works and wins games.

One thing we do need to get right when using Giroud is to lob the round object in his general direction rather more frequently than we do. He’s your archetypal big, rufty-tufty, get stuck in to the opposing defence type striker, but he does require more service.

Joey
Joey

He’s a great foil for Greizmann, bit of a throwback to the classic big/little strike partnership. I think that could work really well with Alexis, if we were to play a different formation. That doesn’t particularly leave room for Ozil though – which makes it something of an impossibility.

Well, for now anyway.

Kolo Tourette's
Kolo Tourette's

Well that’s not true. Ozil in #10 behind Giroud and Sanchez the second forward. That is old school tactics, can be 4-3-1-2 or 4-1-2-1-2, diamond midfield. You could say that is not a good formation for the premier league, and Wenger certainly will never change formation, but i think it could work.

Testing different kinds of tactics and formations is a big part of football, and having so many good midfielders gives you the option to have an alternative set up for tough matches, fielding a trio of midfielders behind Ozil.

Xhaka-Coq-Ramsey or Cazorla-Coq-Ramsey, Xhaka-Coq-Cazorla, Elneny can play on any of those too, and so on.

Jeffers the Francis
Jeffers the Francis

Definitely no. He is good for starting an occasional match against the right opposition or come off the bench to provide something different, but should not be starting at centre forward over Alexis week in week out.

leroy
leroy

i can’t say enough good things about kos the boss. completely deserving of the captain’s armband. as much as we talk about squad depth, he’s the one player we can’t afford to give a rest.

JinJon
JinJon

That armband is cursed, keep it away from our Lolo!

Crew
Crew

Kos the real captain of this team! Best foreign CB we’ve ever had and gives Campbell a run for his money.

Gallas tantrums
Gallas tantrums

Don’t forget another mighty French man; Mr. Cygan. Just saying

Serpent
Serpent

He’s absolutely right on the fact that it’s not all about the 11 players on the pitch or the 18 in the match day squad – it’s about the whole squad. They are a team, and that’s why it’s so important to have a good vibe around the place. Players like Nasri (I’m sorry I bring him up) where poison for the dressing room. No team spirit if they didn’t play.

The current squad seems to get on quite well with each other. Those who don’t get to play or don’t make the match day squad still work hard to get in, but also work for the benefit of the team. That’s great both for squad depth and squad strength.

santori
santori

YOu are absolutely right.

I stated at start of season that we should not be fixated by simply Alexis as the only option A.

We have no option B. We have different weapons in the arsenal we can interchange like different tool heads.

We will need all 25 players in the squad to perform and perform well. Each may be needed during a long campaign on 3 major fronts.

Also not to be underestimated is the composition of the squad.

The squad is now comprised of 4 major groupings.

We have the English/British core – Gibbs, Holding, Ox, Walcott, Welbeck and Rambo

We have the Gallic element which contrary to how the media prefer to imagine is relatively small these days but comprise our fighters through the spine in – Giroud, Coquelin adn Koscielny plus maybe young Jeff

We have the German speaking contingent – Ozil, Per, Mustafi and the Swiss/Albanian Granit. worth noting as well that Mustafi and Granit are both Albanian descent. In terms of muslims (even if they should be non practising), Mustafi, Granit, Ozil and Elnenhave another common thread to help in assimilation.

Then there is the Spanish core with Monreal, Lucas, Santi and Bellerin, the close control merchants.

We have two ‘African’ players in Elneny and Iwobi and two South Americans with Alexis and Gabriel (Four if you consider Ospina and Martinez)

And we still have the best Czech player in absence of the now departed Rosicky in Cech.

Its a very well mixed group with considerations I’m sure put in in terms of squad interaction beyond just the football alone albeit that would have been the primary reason.

Wenger is one of the best at building and buying.

Whether he can get the best out of the squad is of course the big question but there is no doubt the man knows a slight lot more than the average pundit or commentator here.:D

santori
santori

We have options in every position.

In the CF role – Giroud, Welbeck, Alexis, Lucas

In the Am role – Ozil, Ramsey, Alexis and Lucas could also be tried in formation variation or Iwobi for the matter who is good with tight control and vision/distribution.

Out in the flanks we have choices galore – Welbeck, Theo, Ox, Alexis, Lucas, Iwobi (even young Jeff who is hovering around the senior squad albeit I would think it unlikely to see him)

In midfield the stable partnership of Coquelin/Granit needs to be promoted but we can offer variation later in games should we need to be more offensive minded with Ramsey or indeed we should consider Iwobi here given choices on the flanks now and need to carry the ball and protect it at times. Elneney of course is also a hard worker who can come in and put in a good shift.

At the back Wenger has Per coming back whilst Gabriel is looking another decent partner now with more maturity next to Koscielny. Of course we have Mustafi and Holding too so we are very deep at Cback.

On the flanks Bellerin has both Gabriel and Mustafi to cover. MOnreal and the unfortunate injury prone GIbbs on the other flank.

Cech, Ospina and the promising Martinez.

Wenger has constructed a very good team again, painstakingly over last 5 seasons amidst the difficulties of key departures from 2010 on.

Whether he can get the best out of the team is a different issue but it is NO DOUBT that this man knows how to buy and build teams.

GunnerDareMACEDONIA
GunnerDareMACEDONIA

well i’m sure he will be starting our next game vs palace and that big fat . . . bus parking tactic again.

Hope to break them early and smash them.

Alexis will be back startling as a striker at Bournemouth.

santori
santori

I don’t see us adding anyone in January. Extremely UNLIKELY.

In the squad Per, Koscielny are getting on. But Chambers may also be in frame as is HOlding, both developing under either in squad tutoring from the senior men or out on loan.

There is also the option to put Chambers back into his original role as a Rback with Bellerin ( or Gabriel)

We will need someone to succeed Monreal sooner than later and Gibbs is injury prone out left. But there is also no need to rush into it and we need to have a well considered buy of a young Lback to carry us through the forseeable future. I don’t think we need to ‘knee jerk’ buy in January and this can wait out till the summer.

Midfield is packed at the moment. There is Jack to consider should he find some form ion loan at Bournemouth. Santi is the only aging asset but it is a tough shoe to fill. We have partially filled his long range passing ability with Granit and the Swiss also covers Coquelin in the DM role with Elneny as a back up.

But we lack a ball carrier from deep. One option could be to shift Iwobi into the role given his excellent close control and vision. Ramsey of course is also in frame but I feel he is more an attacking asset in lieu of Ozil as his instinct is always to attack into the final third.

We are not lacking on the flanks with Alexis, Iwobi, Ox, Walcott and Lucas not to mention Welbeck and Jeff all options. The only issue if we have a key departure (like god forbid Alexis or Walcott)which would be a different matter and one which will not impact till likely the summer if it happens.

Ditto up top where the only aging player is Giroud. Given the nature of his play (It isn’t built on speed), he can carry on for several seasons yet so again no hurry to add. He is also one of the most effective goalscorers ever for a Wenger Arsenal given per games played. This is often forgotten amidst the simplistic pronoucncements of the media pundits.

DmAc
DmAc

Giroud plays up top for france w/ greasyman just behind him. Alexis plays just off the striker for his country. How bout putting alexis behind giroud n shifting ozil to the wing?

Anup
Anup

best autocorrect ever! Greasy man hahaha

(If you did that on purpose, even better)