Giroud Wants Strike Partner

Giroud Wants Strike Partner

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has suggested that he would welcome a signing in the form of a striker, as Arsene Wenger prepares to face the expectations of the supporters ahead of the last few weeks of the summer transfer window, especially after their opening day home defeat to Aston Villa.

Giroud had been regarded as a breakthrough signing when he put pen to paper on a contract at the Emirates Stadium, leaving Montpellier in France. The Arsenal supporters did not see the best of the striker last season, as it takes time for a player from another league to settle into the life and the intense pace of the Premier League. The French league allowed strikers time to think about their moves on the pitch, and are unaffected by lack of a combination of body built and pace. Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint Germain is another testament to the fact, and the Swede has been scoring goals for fun despite not being the quickest and agile players in the squad.

Last season, Wenger used Giroud up front with Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla as supporting members of the attack. However, the Frenchman was placed alongside Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott against Villa on Saturday. Supporters have doubted the credentials of the striker after the inconsistent first season at his new club, but have hopes of improvement considering he has been consistent in the pre-season program. There is no doubt about the fact that Wenger will be looking at damage limitation in these few weeks, and try getting multiple deals to go through.

It has been confirmed that the Gunners had submitted a initial bid for Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye for a fee in the region of £10 million, which has been rejected by the Tyneside club. The bid was not welcomed by Newcastle, as they faced Manchester City in a heavy loss hours later, without Cabaye in the mix.

However, according to ESPN, Giroud has iterated the importance of getting another experienced front man into the side, despite knowing an arrival could considerably reduce his playing time in the first team.

Giroud said, “In my opinion, it’s necessary for the club to recruit another striker,”

“Obviously, I think about it a little bit. It may change the play one day, especially if it’s a high profile signing.”

“It’s useless lamenting this though. I know what I have to do and what I’m capable of. I’m focusing on me and my work. The coach is counting on me, so I don’t think too much.”

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