Speaking to French agency L’Equipe, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud expressed his opinion that the stats were what mattered for a striker and thus he was a better centre forward than Englishman Theo Walcott (via the Metro). Giroud was, however, quick to admit that Walcott offered variety in attack and that the team’s success took priority over individual concerns.
The question was asked to Giroud following this piece of data from Sky Sports:
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) October 23, 2015
As we can see, Giroud is much more efficient in front of goal, scoring at a faster rate. This can partially be blamed on the fact that the French striker is coming on as a late substitute once the opposition defences are tired, and as such is having an easier time scoring goals. If one were to only rely on the stats and nothing else, certainly Giroud would appear to be the better choice – and that was exactly what the striker seemed to be thinking as well.
“It is always the stats that speak for an attacker,” he said.
“I know I can bring something when I’m on the bench, but I feel better when I play.
“[But] we have two different profiles. He offers something different. The coach has a choice. At first, it was Theo. Then he changed. It’s good for the team to have several strings to its bow.
“That’s why I was not angry or disappointed not to play, even if it was something new for me.”
With Tuesday night’s game against Sheffield Wednesday expected to see a large scale shuffling of the team by Arsene Wenger, it will be interesting to see who he picks to lead the line. If Walcott or Giroud get on the scoresheet, that will make it even more interesting, since with several tough fixtures coming up the manager may be looking for some impressive performances tonight to finalise his team selection going ahead.