The international break has brought some good news on the Arsenal injury front. While we have lost Mesut Ozil for a long duration, we have gained reinforcements in the form of Theo Walcott, back after nearly nine months, and Serge Gnabry. Other players like Arteta and Ramsey are also reportedly close to full fitness; but the best news is that Frenchman Olivier Giroud is also recovering much faster than predicted.
After injuring his foot during Arsenal’s game against Everton, it was originally thought the French international would not be fit until the New Year. However, it seems he may be able to return ahead of schedule. While this is a good thing for the team, it does create a dilemma for Arsene Wenger. Arsenal tend to play with a single striker up front, and with Danny Welbeck doing an admirable job, it poses a selection crisis.
However, Wenger may already have planned for this. The Arsenal boss believes the two strikers will provide perfect competition for each other and is even considering using them as a front duo, changing a formation he has played over the past several seasons.
Olivier Giroud is recovering very well.
I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation. The operation went perfectly.
Welbeck and [Giroud] can play together in the centre or separately.
There was nothing more to be had from the veteran manager, but a two striker system does offer certain advantages. With Welbeck’s pace and movement he can easily get behind the opposition defences, and Giroud’s passing and his ability to hold up the ball will create more space for the young Englishman. It is definitely a combination with some potential.
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Also with the extra man up front, we can reduce the number of people in midfield, which will allow the injury depleted ranks to get some much needed rest and allow Wenger to rotate his players more effectively.
Whether the combination of the two will work together on the field is yet to be seen, but if Arsenal can get both strikers firing then they will no doubt be hoping for a strong title challenge, like Liverpool did when Suarez and Sturridge were in form.