I have a friend who used to love Christian Vieri. He used to call him the goal scoring machine who benched Filippo Inzaghi. I am a huge fan of Inzaghi so naturally I was not impressed, Vieri had no attributes that made him unique. I thought that would prick his ego and make him mad so his response was all the more surprising.
Not only did he agree with me but he described Vieri in detail. He said Vieri had nonexistent technique with no creativity whatsoever. He described him as an oaf who was slow or in other words, not easy on the eye and had a petulant attitude. Of course I asked him why he thought so highly of Vieri and his response was simple, “He just knew where the back of the net was”.
Vieri was just a goal scoring bully who just outmuscled other defenders with his bulky frame. He knew his strengths and just did his job which was to score when presented with a chance.
I often remember Vieri when I think of Giroud. I think our Frenchman will be an amazing striker who is blessed with everything except pace. He has extremely good movement around the box, a pretty good first touch for a big guy that allows him to get involved in one-twos with his colleagues, a pretty decent left foot, and a huge frame that allows him to out-muscle defenders (he usually wins headers against them). He definitely needs more consistency with his finishing but I am sure that will come with time.
However, Giroud is in the wrong team at the wrong time. Unfortunately Arsenal fans have been blessed to see the likes of Nicholas Anelka, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright. These were pacy strikers who could hit the ground running and leave defenders in their wake. Technically some of them like Bergkamp were vastly superior, although I am of the honest opinion, Giroud has superb technique.
With the France international’s incredible ability to hold the ball up to allow other midfielders to come into play, he should be celebrated and loved not least of all for his genuine love of Arsenal. Instead, he gets a lot of flak from the fans who consistently call for other strikers to take his position. Credit to Giroud as all he does is to put his head down and do his job as best as he can.
Giroud will never truly be loved by Arsenal fans but he will always give his all when on the pitch and that is all we can ask from him. In another team, he would be the linchpin.