The French striker has been in great form this season and while he has noticeably dropped off the pace in terms of goal scored, he has become a real asset in the assist department as of late.
Obviously there is a large reluctance to play Nicklas Bendtner and with both Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski injured there is no real opportunity for rotation up front.
Koscileny is quoted as saying by ESPN FC:
It’s true that he’s not scoring but he is setting them up, like he did against Dortmund.
But he’s also playing game after game and hasn’t had a rest, so maybe he’s feeling a bit of fatigue.
He’s very important for us – strong and always answers the call on the pitch.
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If you look at the games, he weighs enormously on the opposition’s defence. All the balls he wins are in the air with his back to goal. He works very hard up front.
The big centre-forward has been very strong for us this season, bagging seven goals and five assists for the Gunners so far. In saying this however, stats aren’t everything and I feel he offers a lot for the team up front other than just goals. His hold-up play and aerial prowess have been a great asset this term.
We aren’t that very far into the season and Giroud himself has stated recently that he feels his body is holding up well so far this campaign. Three games to go without scoring is hardly a crisis and we mustn’t forget that Walcott is set for a return, while Podolski isn’t far away either. The return of our more direct players should take some pressure off the Frenchman, while also giving options for rotation up front.
Lastly, all reports, including a statement from Ivan Gazidis, point toward Arsenal buying in the January transfer window to shore-up options up front. Hopefully Bendtner finally manages to find where the exit door is and we manage to bring in a good replacement. The latest reports have been hinting towards Karim Benzema, but as is always with rumours, we will just have to wait and see what pans out.
Overall, would you say its some sort of big crisis? At this stage I don’t think so. Although there are signs of fatigue beginning to show, I feel the return of Podolski and Walcott should help immensely, at least until the January transfer window. What do you guys think? Feel free to leave a comment below!