Before any of you Olivier Giroud fans dismiss this article as yet another bashing, please be assured this is nothing of that sort. I just feel that a lot of people are like me, getting very frustrated with the player. Our patience while aplenty is not limitless and the amount of leeway that the fans are giving the guy will have to come to a stop somewhere.
Seriously, I think he is doing a good job for the Gunners whenever he can. He is defending at corners and making plays in attack. However, the only problem is he is currently not doing what he was brought to the Emirates to do, score goals.
From what I see in the games that he has played for us so far, Giroud is an excellent central forward. The runs that he makes are spot and he often gets into dangerous situations. That is why it is so frustrating for the fans. In the games that have been played so far, Giroud has had the opportunity to give Arsenal the win in two of them while saving a loss for the team in another. If only he could keep his composure after doing all the hard work, the Gunners would be top of the table now. As I said in my previous article, forget the mistakes made in defense over the last two Premiership games, if we had taken our chances, we would have won both matches.
Actually, Giroud’s situation is not akin to that of Gervinho last year. The Ivorian also got into some good positions and his lack of finishing was very pronounced last season. This year, Gervinho has found his touch and has been banging the goals in (although his profligacy is still around) for the team. However, Gervinho was widely used as a winger last year and and we had RVP to rescue us from similar situations. Unfortunately, Giroud came in with a big reputation as a proven goalscorer but it has not panned out so far. I am afraid he might not get too many opportunities in the first team if he doesn’t turn the corner soon especially with other players clamoring for that position (such as Walcott). That would be a shame for a player of his quality.