In only his second cap for France, Antoine Griezmann is making a case for a starting place in the France XI come the opening game against Honduras on June 15th. With every great performance at international level, the transfer vultures continue to circle, and Arsene Wenger would have been very interested to see the exciting link-up play between Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in the 4-0 win over Norway on Tuesday night.
With Franck Ribery out injured, Griezmann was given a chance on the left of the France attack and took the opportunity with both hands. He was sharp and alert from the first whistle, he looked to get in-behind from the off and look every part the international player.
Giroud played the role of target-man and looked to link up with Griezmann at every opportunity. There were a few moments in the first-half when the duo combined beautifully, and although no goals or assists came from their play, it was exciting and encouraging to watch.
It would have been interesting from Wenger’s point of view to see the two forwards combine. Griezmann has been touted as a summer target for Arsenal and he would fit into the current team very well. He plays that role on the left extremely well, he finds space through the middle at the right time, and he makes very well timed runs and is a dangerous all over the front-line.
Arsene Wenger needs to bring in a forward to support Giroud this summer. The jury is out on whether the 16-goal forward has been a success or not, but instead of replacing the former Montpellier striker, Arsenal need to give the 27-year-old help. Griezmann provides that support from the wide areas and can also play as a front partnership.
Griezmann also scored 16 goals this season, and he would be the perfect foil to the current Arsenal striker-force. Loic Remy is the other option this summer, but to slot into the current style, Griezmann is better wide and can only get better. Remy is a very good option, but Griezmann is an excellent option.
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