Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud says he and Danny Welbeck have already clicked on the pitch. The Englishman, who was a late purchase from Manchester United, has become a regular at the Emirates and now that Giroud has returned from injury the two of them have been partnered up front with interesting results.
Giroud returned from a fractured tibia at the end of November and combined encouragingly with both the England forward and Alexis Sanchez in last weekend’s win at West Bromwich Albion.
The France international has spent much of his Arsenal career spearheading the attack as a single striker, but he believes that Welbeck’s ‘striker’s mentality’ will make the Gunners more dangerous inside the box.
With Danny we are quite complimentary. We have a good understanding on the pitch.
If you are watch the last game when I came on – and West Brom as well – we found each other really well on the pitch. We can play together.
Some people say we will have to choose between me or Welbeck. Other people ask me, ‘are you worried about your place?’ but I say, ‘the competition is good for the team and it will be a benefit for each other’.
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A great team like Arsenal needs several good strikers so I think we will have a good time on the pitch together.
It’s like with Alexis on the pitch. When you play with a great player it’s always easier to have a good relationship on the pitch.
You are not thinking a lot about it, you just try to work on it in training and it’s working really well for us at the moment, so we are pleased with that.
A two man attack is something we haven’t had in a long time, and the differing styles of our two strikers should give us variety and versatility up front. Provided that the two start finding the net more frequently, we can go on a late season rampage much like Liverpool did last season.
Maybe Giroud and Welbeck might not be the new SAS, but along with Sanchez, these three represent a very strong front line that will only get better over time.