Although Olivier Giroud striker has successfully scored over 50 goals for Arsenal across his stint with the Gunners, the ex-Montpellier ace is yet to truly win over the entire spectrum of the Emirates faithful at this particular stage in his career. For one reason or another, certain Arsenal fans still seem opposed to backing the front-man unreservedly.
If it hadn’t been for the incredible efforts of Leicester City this campaign however, Arsene Wenger and his determined Arsenal side would likely have gone down as the most impressive team in the English top-flight in 2015/16 – and Giroud’s nine Premier League goals have certainly proved a positive contribution in north London thus far.
So then, in light of the 29-year-old Frenchman’s impressive exploits in front of goal this term, has Olivier Giroud finally done enough to satisfy the demands of the ever ambitious Gunners support?
Well, as Arsenal look like the emerging favourites in the race for the Premier League title this campaign, now would seemingly arrive as a rather inopportune moment to criticise the former Ligue 1 favourite in any way, shape or form.
With Manchester United proving more and more tiresome to watch with every passing match, Manchester City suffering their usual inconsistency problems with several big names injured, and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea somehow facing the potential threat of relegation with the New Year fast approaching, 2015/16 may very well represent the season Arsenal fans have been waiting for in quite some time now…
Olivier Giroud has subsequently helped the Gunners out greatly this term, via his increased scoring efficiency more than anything else. The French front-man has most definitely improved his reliability in one-on-one situations, his hold-up play alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez has been great to watch this season, as well as Giroud’s impressive aerial ability in and around the opposition’s penalty box on most given occasions.
Although the 29-year-old has often faced a barrage of criticism when the going has got tough at the Emirates – sometimes being made out to be an unfotunate scape-goat when the entire Arsenal starting XI falter together as a collective unit – Giroud has always displayed the right attitude and never shied away from his striking duties up-top for Arsene Wenger.
Admittedly the presence of Ozil within this current Gunners outfit clearly lifts the rest of the team to a whole new standard altogether – it could well be suggested that most Arsenal strikers would thrive in a team as technically gifted as this one – but as Giroud has still nonetheless done the business when called upon this term, surely some sections of the Emirates faithful must be willing to cast their immediate grievances aside.
Yes, the former Montpellier man does seem to bump up his goal stats against the Premier League’s ‘lesser’ sides, and there are certainly a few major question marks still surrounding his ability to grab games by the scruff of the neck and turn out match-winning performances from time to time. Yet because the Gunners would simply look a lot less potent in front of goal without the towering centre-forward on board, perhaps now is the time to issue Giroud with the credit he truly deserves.
In the end, Arsenal’s fluctuating French striker may not represent that ‘world class’ asset the Emirates faithful have been desperately wanting for a good few years now. On the back of his slight tendency to miss a few open chances before finally putting one away, he may not even go down as centre-forward genuinely capable of winning his side the Premier League…
… But as the Gunners seem to be flying pretty high with the 29-year-old still turning out consistent performances for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, maybe Olivier Giroud’s tireless efforts inside the final third could eventually come up trumps for Arsenal by the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
We shall have to wait and see…