Olivier Giroud has largely been the first choice centre forward this season, he did endure a tough period late last year and through January while Walcott flourished, however has been a mainstay in the Gunners lineup since.
His straight red for dangerous play against fulham despite the harshness of the circumstance leaves the Frenchman suspended for a massive three games – essentially ruling him out for the season.
Wenger has some thinking to do with three wingers all wanting to have a crack at centre forward in Giroud’s forced absence: Walcott, Podolski and Gervinho.
Let’s start with Theo. The Englishman was in top form earlier this year however has gone off the map over the last couple months. His injury while on duty with England added to his woes and has failed to produce the high flying form he is capable of. He does however have the X factor with his pace and well times runs.
Walcott likes to run at defenders and is more than capable of collecting through balls and finishing past the ‘keeper – something he demonstrated regularly while playing as a centre forward this season. He would usually give the other two a real run for their money up front but his form has been frustrating of late which will likely open the door for…
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Lukas Podolski. The German international seems almost the definite candidate up front for the upcoming home fixture against Manchester United. He hardly has had a crack at playing as a centre forward this season, but Wenger himself recently revealed Podolski is being trailed as a striker during training.
The left footer has produced some encouraging form lately when chosen by Wenger and is the most experienced winger in the central striker role having played there consistently for Cologne and Germany.
Gervinho is another option having enjoyed a spell up front earlier in the season however his form has been turbulent and is just too inconsistent. He could score a brace one week then fail to find an open net next. Like Walcott though he does possess a certain X factor too, he enjoys running at the defence and is a decent dribbler, but he would have to be the last resort for me.
What are your thoughts? Who do you think Wenger should opt to start up front for the next few games? Feel free to comment below..