With Giroud suspended for three games, the question every Arsenal fan is asking is who shall lead the line and which player is best suited to pay through the middle?
Blessed with blistering pace and an above average goal scorer, he is certainly an option to consider. However, his light weight frame means most defenders will have a field day knocking him down time and time again not to mention his injury concerns at the slightest physical contact.
Thunderous shot is the best way to describe Lukas Podolski who generates considerable power with minimum back lift. Wenger once said if there was a player he would love the ball to fall to in the box, it would be Podolski as he doesn’t miss. He is also turning out to be a fan favourite. However, he is thought to have little work rate leaving the rest of the players around him to do all the running. His movement around the box is also quite wanting.
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This was always going to be a gamble by Wenger. He has never been the most prolific of goal scorers despite his admirable work rate. However, he has scored quite a few goals since his move to the Emirates and will no doubt be looking forward to leading the line again in Giroud’s absence. He is still a work in progress missing quite a number of chances that other strikers would have gobbled up with glee.
Is there any doubt about Alexis Sanchez’ contribution to Arsenal’s current campaign? He has been our star player throughout the season. Questions still arise whether he can lead the line as he is arguably the smallest player in Arsenal at the moment. However, with his silky skills, he might be able to play upfront on his own for now. His best moments have come when he is allowed to drift without any inhibitions.
He has been left out in the cold by Arsene Wenger barely getting a look in even with all our injuries. Having convincingly led the line at International level, he has the pace, physique, and technique to trouble any defence. However, I wouldn’t bet on this happening as he does not seem to have convinced Wenger yet.
Barcelona, Manchester City and Spain have proved to everyone that you do not need to have an out and out striker to lead the line. All you need is talented midfielders with high technique level and you have a chance. If there is one thing Arsenal is blessed with, it is creative attacking midfielders so why not experiment with a formation without strikers and maybe Arsenal fans will be treated to fluid, attacking football.
So who is your favourite choice to provide cover for Olivier Giroud?