Friday, February 21, 2014

Should Arsenal bring Giroud back against Sunderland?


Should Arsenal bring Giroud back against Sunderland?

One of the many things that the Arsenal fans have learnt this week is that Arsene Wenger knew what he was doing when he signed Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer last summer. There was wholesale scoffing in the media and among rival fans. Cheap and French was about the size of it, a typical Wenger signing. And then we added injury prone to that checklist and the Arsenal fans pretty much forgot about him.
Liverpool found out to their cost that his inclusion in the team was more than just a wild gamble and he continued that impressive early form against Bayern Munich last night. But I still think he will drop back to the bench for the visit of Sunderland on Saturday.
For one thing, it will be a different type of game, with Sunderland sitting back and soaking up pressure, looking to hit us on the break. Sanogo’s extra pace will not be much use against a deep lying team, while Giroud’s extra strength, technical ability and sureness on the ball should really help us to pressure them and break them down.
As long as Giroud plays well, that is, which he has not been doing of late. He will have been stung by missing out on two big games in a row, but Wenger needs to stop protecting him and the striker needs to earn his place back. I think a lot of his recent form was down to weariness and he should be fresh and sharp again after a little rest. It certainly worked for Jack Wilshere, who looked brilliant in the first half against Bayern.
If Giroud does start, we will still have the option of Sanogo on the bench and I would not be surprised to see him come on, especially if Sunderland are chasing the game and leaving more space at the back. What do you think Gooners, will Wenger bring Olly back?
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