The storm appears to be calming as it concerns Arsenal’s injury situation this season as some of our players have began to make remarkable progress from their long injury absences. As we cheer for Walcott to hit it off immediately after not watching him for over 10 months, we may soon see Giroud back in the team with Wenger stating that he is ‘miles ahead of schedule’.
The 28 year old striker broke his tibia after coming on as a substitute to salvage a point for us at Goodison Park on the 23rd of August and was not expected to return to the team till the New Year. This caused us to make a last ditch dip into the transfer market on deadline day for another man to fill that role as neither Podolski, Sanogo nor Joel Campbell were deemed good enough to take us through the period without the big number 9. Welbeck has done well to provide a good tip for our attack in Giroud’s absence, drawing the praise of teammates like Ozil and Cazorla as providing “something different” from Giroud.
Giroud’s records, however, shows that we have missed his absence and rather than be a replacement for Welbeck, his return would provide us with more opportunities to vary our attack, even with both playing together. Giroud is clearly not as quick as Welbeck, neither is he able to do some other quick things you’d expect from a striker but his 22 goal return last season – 16 in the League – isn’t exactly too poor for a player of his quality. He appears to play better when he has someone to combine with as his link-up play is nothing but impeccable.
Still from the attacking department, it is good news that Yaya Sanogo is back to provide some competition for Danny Welbeck in the center forward role. Wenger appears to be still hesitant with regards to throwing Theo Walcott into the heat of the action. The fast forward has made good recovery from his ten-month absence but the manager believes he is not ready enough to be handed a start just yet.
Walcott and Giroud were very good partners in attack in the frenchman’s first season two 9years ago, both coming first and second in the Arsenal top scorers chart. The long injury to Theo last term meant that Giroud had to bear most of the goal scoring burden all on himself. That would definitely not be the case this season as we now have more goal threats in Alexis, Welbeck and last season’s Player of the Year, Ramsey.
Could all five players stay fit and be available for selection at the same time? It is the unlucky thing we’ve had to bear as Arsenal fans, but we know that when they all come good, the goods will be delivered.
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