Olivier Giroud claims Arsene Wenger thinks he has become too predictable and that he needs to improve his finishing.
Giroud was one of the best strikers in the first half of the season, with his form helping Arsenal top the table for a substantial period. However, it was the Frenchman’s form that largely resulted in Arsenal slipping in the second half of the season. Since Wenger did not have much options up front, he had to persist with the 27-year-old.
Tiredness was blamed as an issue back then, but Giroud now says that Wenger was not happy with the runs he had been making. The Frenchman’s finishing also needs some work if he wants to be the striker he aspires to be.
Giroud got this World Cup account up and running with a fine effort against Switzerland in the 5-2 win for France. Betfair offers the Golden Boot winner odds, which puts Giroud as 66/1 to finish as the top scorer at the World Cup 2014.
Speaking about his club campaign, he said:
Arsene Wenger often gives me corrections after matches. We are talking about opportunities. To him, I am not crafty enough. Once he told me I am too frank in my runs, too predictable.
I feel I can go on improving. I can improve some parts of my game and have better statistics.
This comes as a remarkably honest assessment of his campaign, which promised a lot in the first few months. Still, Giroud can be reasonably happy after scoring 16 league goals and helping the club to FA Cup success. He will be aware of Arsenal’s attempts to sign a striker with AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli being one of the transfer targets for £30 million, this will help push the forward to improve his game even further.
France have been looking strong in the group matches of the World Cup 2014. They have been put as 8/1 to win the tournament by bookmakers like Betfair. After having played two matches, it looks like France would be coming up against Nigeria in the last 16 stage. Even a draw for Didier Deschamps men in the final group match against Ecuador will see them top Group F (barring a huge swing of goals in Switzerland’s match against dictation more on Honduras.
His goal against Switzerland was only his ninth in 32 matches since making his debut in 2011. The form of Karim Benzema, who has already scored three World Cup 2014 goals, will make it difficult for him to start.
Rather than complain about the criticism, Giroud has been quite frank and wants to improve. He could prove to be a big player for Arsenal next season.