Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has weighed in on our current striking conundrum, and has castigated Arsene Wenger for rotating Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, as reported by the Daily Star.
The out of work manager believes Wenger’s decision to switch between Giroud and Walcott is detrimental to the team, as it means we aren’t settled on one type of tactic.
Redknapp believes that Walcott should be utilised wide on the right instead, so that we can still harness his pace, but the team get used to playing a certain way.
“One is a big man who thrives on crosses and is strong in the air, while the other is all about pace who wants to run in behind,” Redknapp said.
“So every week you have got a different way of playing and that can only disrupt the shape of the team.
“It is a difficult one because you aren’t swapping Giroud with someone like Graziano Pelle at Southampton, both of whom like to hold the ball up and bring others into play.
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“Walcott and Giroud are complete opposites and while that can be a strength because they offer a different kind of threat, the other players are going to struggle to find a consistent pattern to their play.
“I’d play Theo wide right. I’d find a place for him because pace is what teams fear most.”
While we at All Arsenal don’t necessarily disagree that Walcott should be playing on the right on occasion, we can’t see the logic in Redknapp’s argument.
We are talking about professional footballer here, and they should be more than capable of adapting to a new style and accommodating different types of players.
It’s important to have a plan B, and using a battering ram like Olivier Giroud isn’t always the way forward.
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Arguably, neither Giroud nor Walcott are the striker we need to lead the line at Arsenal, but having both players with their contrasting styles gives us an excellent option.