Olivier Giroud is no longer an Arsenal player, and that’s been the case for a few months now. While most supporters had time to come to terms with that disastrous revelation, a lot of us are still hoping this is some kind of sick nightmare which we’re going to wake up from imminently.
As it stands, however, the Frenchman is still a member of Chelsea Football Club, and our hearts are still broken. Now while that sentence alone is likely enough to make you either vomit or want to dig your head in the sand, bear with us as we explain our reasons behind missing Olivier so much.
Obviously bringing in someone like Aubameyang is always a scintillating prospect, but you have to measure up whether or not his presence is a good thing without Giroud. Sure, he can still score goals, but he’s coming into the setup when the Gunners are at their most vulnerable following a poor run of form.
This current system doesn’t seem to work for the former Borussia Dortmund star, and that’s been evident ever since his first appearance for the club. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s also been a tricky start to life at Stamford Bridge for Giroud who doesn’t quite seem to fit in as much as many would’ve hoped.
One reason for that is perhaps due to the fact Conte never seemed overly interested in him in the first place, but you can also tell that Olivier probably didn’t want to leave the Emirates to begin with.
Arsene Wenger is a smart man in many regards, but allowing Giroud to walk out the door to their local rivals is one of his most bizarre decisions in recent years. Thankfully for him, they’ve been on a strong three-game winning streak as of late, but you have to question whether or not they’re going to be able to keep finding ways to win without someone like Giroud who can pop up with a goal from out of nothing.
If Arsenal fail to win the Europa League this season and can’t miraculously break into the top four, all eyes will be on the board to see whether or not they give Wenger a stay of execution.
Should Wenger have let Giroud go?