Arsene Wenger may have dealt a blow to the returning Danny Welbeck after he claimed that the team has gotten stronger since Olivier Giroud has returned to the side.
Giroud missed three months with an ankle fracture earlier on in the season as well as serving a three-match ban after a daft sending off against QPR in December. But the Frenchman has returned strongly, scoring five goals in his last six league appearances.
Wenger certainly believes that Giroud adds a certain dimension to our forward line and conceded that it is no coincidence that Arsenal’s upturn in form has coincided with our no.12’s constant presence.
“He’s much more focused, technically he has improved,” Wenger told Arsenal.com
“His feet have improved, his movement has improved and he has a big presence in the game.
“It’s no coincidence that when he comes back, you feel strong.”
With the temptation to play an electric forward line of Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, Wenger may prefer Giroud as the focal point of our attack to hold the ball up and play the supporting cast in.
As good as Welbeck has been, he hasn’t convinced in a central striker role in terms of his overall hold-up play which has led the boss to explore a front three of the England international, Sanchez and Giroud – before the former’s thigh injury.
Despite Giroud’s lack of place, the ability to hit him direct and his link up play may allow us to indirectly become more efficient in terms of the abundance of pace we have in wide the areas.
Things are looking on the up at The Emirates!