Olivier Giroud Focus
Published 09/08/2015 | 15:58
There have been plenty of protracted rumours linking Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal as they look to add more fire-power to their squad.
Olivier Giroud is one of the options currently at Arsene Wenger's disposal and he was deployed as the lone striker in Sunday's Premier League opener against West Ham - a match the Gunners lost 2-0.
Here, Press Association Sport analyses the performance of the France international.
Non-existent in the opening 45 minutes, he rippled the side-netting as Arsenal set about finding an equaliser after the break before forcing Adrian into a low save with a deflected effort moments later. Never had another clear-cut chance but can be forgiven after receiving a nasty blow on the back of the head when challenging for a high ball with James Tomkins.
Waited for the ball on a number of occasions early on and was less pro-active than the Arsenal fans would have liked. Still proves a little immobile at times and that can be problematic for a striker flying solo. Never looked in the game and will be disappointed not to have taken a chance to silence his critics, who say he is not good enough to fire Arsenal to the title.
Moans and groans as he did not hit the ground running but given a good reception when forced on to the sidelines following his heavy knock. Arsenal fans appreciate Giroud's contribution but no doubt most are in hope that another forward comes in before the deadline.
DO ARESENAL NEED BENZEMA?
Yes. Giroud will always score goals, as will the likes of Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, while Alexis Sanchez will obviously add to the collective tally. But in Benzema, Wenger would have a striker proven at scoring well over 20 goals at the highest level. With the system deployed by Wenger, Giroud is arguably the forward most suited to what his manager wants from a front-man, but Benzema would be seen as an upgrade in almost every area.