Olivier Giroud’s form was under severe observation by the fans since last few games but fortunately he seems to have found his touch back with a sumptuous goal against West Ham yesterday in a 3-1 win at the Emirates.
During his bad patch, there was a lot of talk from the fans to play Podolski upfront because in 48 games Podolski has 28 goals for Arsenal along with 10 plus assist. Now this is an impressive record and you wonder why he wasn’t played more often.
Arsene Wenger has admitted he’s been tempted to play two strikers up front but says he’s unable to do so because he’s without injured Theo Walcott.
The Frenchman switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the closing stages of Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Wigan, with Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo leading the line.
But it’s rare to see the Gunners play with two strikers down the middle and Wenger has explained why he hasn’t employed Lukas Podolski in a central role.
Wenger said, “I am tempted [to play two strikers in the middle] but I have so many offensive players, who all want to go in the middle, and Lukas is the only one who is really a wide player. Rosicky is a central player, Cazorla is basically a central player, and when you don’t have Walcott it’s very difficult to do that.”