Giroud is a good player…. according to reports of him playing in Ligue 1 (the French premier league). He’s only 25 (26 in a couple of weeks) and is just coming to the height of his powers as a player. Everything about his profile, and his rise in the last few years, tells you he should be a great player.
Stories appearing on the Arsenal website are telling us that as soon as he can break his scoring duck, he’ll be on his way and start to really get the goals.
I like the look of him as a player, but I’m wary about all the talking up of him. I well remember Chamakh coming, and all the talk about how good he was. When he started, he popped the goals in pretty well too. 11 goals in the first half of the season…. then nothing. Van Persie regained his fitness and Chamakh’s appearances (and therefore chances) reduced dramatically – but even when he did appear, he seemed out of sorts.
Rumours about him taking hashish soon surfaced, and whether they’re true or not, his playing appearances became less and his opportunities were squandered. I don’t know any Arsenal fan who would actually like to see him in the side now.
Is there redemption for Chamakh? Or is he finished at Arsenal? Is Giroud finished before he’s even started? Can he come good from the two glaring misses he’s had so far?
Well it’s an interesting contrast certainly. Giroud seems to be bursting with the confidence which has deserted Chamakh, and he’s getting into the right positions to get the goals. On the rare occasions when Chamakh plays, his lack of confidence is obvious and he seems to almost avoid scoring positions. A contrast in opposites perhaps, but also a warning to Giroud.
The warning reads: take your chances, and don’t give up. There is no automatic place at Arsenal, and only hard work in training, and proving yourself to the manager, will earn you a place in the first team.
I really want to see Giroud make a hit, and tomorrow with the visit of Southampton seems like a good enough opportunity. Might even have a little bet on him scoring (though that often seems to be the kiss of death). I’d also, however, like to see Chamakh achieve some redemption for himself and achieve “good squad player” status, at least.
On the other side of the French Connection is Arsene Wenger, who is being hounded by the media about his contract extension (which follows on from their trying to hound everyone else out of Arsenal it seems). I love this quote from Arsene: “I am an Arsenal man”. And that right there says all I want to know about him.
Of course, it’s a job too, and things can change – you only have to look at the RvP situation for a clear example of that. But Arsene is an Arsenal man, through and through. He loves the club, probably more than many of the moaning minnies who complain relentlessly about his failure to sign more and more expensive players.
Personally, I’m happy that Arsenal is a British club, but I’m also proud of the French Connection, just as, in the 70′s and 80′s I was happy with the Irish connection. Arsenal is a London club, and just as London is a cosmopolitan city, so Arsenal is a cosmopolitan club. I love that about the club.
See you tomorrow if you’re going to the Emirates. Bring it on, Southampton!
C’MON YOU GUNNERS!