If Arsene Wenger was thinking of doing a bit of tinkering with the Arsenal team, that is obviously his perogative (not Bobby Brown’s). The one change that he should not even consider, however, is the inclusion of Olivier Giroud. With the Frenchman having scored two goals in each of his last two games, this probably will not seem like a radical idea, but that is not the only reason why Wenger must have him in the starting line up tomorrow.
Liverpool, as Corporal Jack Jones will tell you, don’t like it up ‘em. Statistics compiled by EPLindex shows that the Liverpool defence seems to have a real problem coping with a tall and strong centre forward. This was shown to great effect by Oldham on Sunday. Their big number nine, Matt Smith caused them all sorts of problems.
Liverpool have players who are good on the ball and they keep possession well, but they have a real problem coping with pressure on their penalty box. The stats show that they have struggled against Cole of West Ham, Jones of Sunderland, Walters of Stoke and Benteke of Villa. Jamie Carragher used to be the man to win balls in the area, but his legs are going and Skrtel and Agger are struggling to cope.
I am not suggesting that Arsenal try to play like Stoke or West Ham, but it is good to have as many options as possible. We need to work hard to stop them enjoying possession, then keep them penned in and defending their own box. We have pace, skill and creativity, but Giroud can also keep them guessing and worrying about balls into the box.