Olivier Giroud was Arsenal’s only recognised centre-forward last season and there have been suggestions that his place in the starting line-up this campaign is under threat.
With Yaya Sanogo now a year older and Joel Campbell returning from his loan spell and looking set to get his chance at the Emirates Stadium this term, the France international could find it tougher to play in week in week out.
Another threat to Giroud’s guaranteed spot in manager Arsene Wenger’s starting XI is the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for a reported transfer fee of £30 million.
Although the Chile international forward is at his best when playing out wide in a three-man attack or in a two-man attack, Wenger could well deploy him as his only central striker and make more use of his midfielders.
However, the most likely scenario is that if both players are fit, then Giroud and Sanchez will play together up front, something that the former is looking forward to.
‘He (Sanchez) is a fantastic player and I think we will have a good understanding together on the pitch’, Arsenal’s official website quotes Giroud as saying.
‘He is simple to play with and he can feel the game - I think it will be easy to play with him and it is a great signing for us.
‘He is really quick, he hits the ball really well and he is quite clever so he will be interesting for us I think’.
Sanchez is expected to bring the best out of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, but he could prove himself crucial in making Giroud more lethal in front of goal too.
Although Giroud is not a ‘world-class striker’, the 27-year-old is a very good one and improved last season following a largely modest debut campaign in the Premier League in 2012-13.
Earlier this summer, there were reports that Wenger could sell Giroud, but it now appears that he will remain at the Emirates and will be a very important player for the Gunners in their quest to reclaim the Premier League title.
Is Olivier Giroud’s place in Arsenal’s starting line-up under threat?