Olivier Giroud is just not very good.
He’s an average striker with an average record. He is not good enough for Arsenal and certainly not for a team seriously aspiring to win the Premier League.
I joked with a friend this week that if Arsene Wenger manages to win the Premier League with Olivier Giroud as our main striker, then he deserves the football club named after him. Reflecting the gigantic miracle it would take to win the league with a rubbish striker.
The performance against Manchester United typified everything that is wrong, and quite frankly annoying, about him.
The first is when he misses chances, which is unfortunately quite a lot. He gestures and flails his arms around, punches the ground, holds his head in his hands, tilts his back and screams – you name it he does it. If he put as much effort into scoring goals as he does at performing his “distraught missed chance face” then he’d be the Premier League’s top scorer.
It’s annoying and pisses off a lot of fans.
The second is his passing ability. Against United, you had players like Rosicky, Cazorla, Özil and Wilshere all trying to play one-twos with him but his return pass was well off the mark. His main job (apparently) is to hold the ball up and keep play going but the vast majority of the time he loses possession.
He also has no kind of intelligent movement. You have a midfield like ours capable of a wide range of through balls and he can’t lose a defender and create a yard of space.
The last and biggest reason we should get rid of him is because he can’t score, which is a pretty important trait you look for in a striker. Against Manchester United his missed (by a country mile) a free header from a corner after only 4 minutes and missed a whole host of chances all night. The worst of which was the brilliant cross by Sagna late in the game which he managed to miss completely.
Any half competent striker (I’m even talking about Darren Bent or Peter Crouch in this category) would have scored at least one of those opportunities. It’s as if Giroud is trying to miss all of these chances.
The problem is when games get tight, like they will do as the season comes to a close, then we need a striker who can take that single chance when it comes.
Is Olivier Giroud that man? Not by a long shot.