Why Arsenal MUST play Giroud against Liverpool

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.

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41 thoughts on “Why Arsenal MUST play Giroud against Liverpool

  1. Gunner10

    Looks like we wont be signing anyone.”We have plenty of quality strikers” he says. Absolutely disillusional.

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  2. Jim A

    If he gets a another brace everyone should believe he was a great signing! Imagine if he was allowed to play entire games and not just come in as a sub. I think Gerv was playing as central striker while he was patient waiting for his opportunity . Boy did he seize it!

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  3. imran

    i not even venturing on this site until friday…i rather watch porn….that an all is more predictable!

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  4. Marko

    Jens Lehman on arsenal training ground?What does he doing in arsenal?Cool to se him though..

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  5. Henry

    We’ll beat Liverpool tomorrow, it won’t be easy but I can see us beating them by a couple of goals. Unfortunately this will most probably end our transfer hopes. What I can’t understand though is wouldn’t the board want to spend a bit of money so that we can ensure a top 4 spot!? Because if we are out of the top 4 then we will be out of 30-40mil next year! It makes no sense. The board lack passion, desire and above all else ambition! http://www.fedup.com

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  6. Henry

    We’ll beat Liverpool tomorrow, it won’t be easy but I can see us beating them by a couple of goals. Unfortunately this will most probably end our transfer hopes. What I can’t understand though is wouldn’t the board want to spend a bit of money so that we can ensure a top 4 spot!? Because if we are out of the top 4 then we will be out of 30-40mil next year! It makes no sense. The board lack passion, desire and above all else ambition!

    @admin..no need to post my previous post. It wasn’t a real website.

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  7. fatboy

    Stop asking for a strike when are not getting one, we have plently of player able to attack and score goal the stats are they for you all to the league table shows we are the 4 th highest goal scores in the league you all are looking on the wrong places for players only the defence are weak , stop being greedy and trust in the players up front and get the team to sort out the defence we have cbs that are higher up the feild then our creative players we have forward trying to defend beacause our defence think they are the best forwards in the world

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  8. Green Gunner

    Giroud is coming good no doubt but we need a goal machine!

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  9. Sad

    @Admin
    Would this website ever consider a poll or vote system just to go along with some articles

    (ADMIN COMMENT – We can vote with our Thumbs Up/Down ststem can’t we?)

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  10. Henry

    @fatboy…I agree our defense needs strengthening but if we go by your reasonings then we don’t need any defenders either. We have have conceded 27goals in the epl and only Man city, The Chavs and Everton have conceded less. Stats don’t always tell he story as most of our goals have come in 4 games, 6-1 Southampton, 7-3 Newcastle, 5-2 Reading and 5-1 Westham

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  11. johnverdal

    the only worry for me is if giroud gets injured we dont have a striker. poldi and walcott play on the wing. wenger please sign someone atleast on loan.

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  12. h-gonner

    i think wenger will be charged for manslaughter for stress attacks on all of us!!!

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  13. VonMich

    It’s quite simple. When you play a big team like Liverpool you have to play with your best players, and Giroud is our best forward!!! Come on O.G., show them what a class striker is!!! :D :D COYG!!!!

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  14. Lazaro

    giroud is in good form. a goal or two v. liverpool and his confidence will be at an all time high

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  15. Sam

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  16. RASD KY

    ens Lehman back at Arsenal..check out Arsenal.com.

    And guys do also check out the picture on Arsenal.com No: 4.

    Can someone tell if this ain’t a guy trying to injure himself on training. I mean what else is this Diaby trying I expect him to be extra cautious with his susceptibility to injury not to be doing some crazy risky stuff at training.

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  17. CUT

    As stated in the earlier post, I would let Bouldy manage tommorow and give Wenger few days off!

    Poor man looks completely worn out by cooking up all those porky pies to feed us in this transfer window!

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  18. Ofir

    @Sam,

    I think you’ve lost it, completely.
    Cavani is the perfect forward: strong, technical, winning mentality, a goal machine!
    There’s no player I would love to see wearing the AFC shirt more than him, but unfortunately we’re not in a position to buy anyone of his class for the next 50 years or until Kroenke dies – whichever comes first.

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  19. LoCkAy

    I don’t even know why the subject has been raised

    Giroud is the main striker.

    I acknowledge the fact that with Wenger anything is possible and he capable of f*cking it up again with one of his deluded creative thinking… Like putting Walcott up front! ( thanks Gervinho is away, God knows what would have happened)

    Suarez is on fire, so “turtle” Mertesacker needs to be on his best game ( if he plays ).
    I would rather have Vermealen and Koscielny as CB for this one.

    Since Arteta and Coquelin are still out, I will suggest Ramsey as a holding midfielder ( cannot believe I am saying that)… Strangely enough he has produced 2 good performances since playing at that position…!!

    Next season, we will need another GK because Szc is being too comfortable… And you can see it… Some day soon his casualness and cockiness will cost us greatly.

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  20. ams

    No diame…no villa…maybe we will win against liverfool..but we will get humiliate by bayern..trust me..and you will start cursing wenger and board again…then we will meet man u, spuds once again..I dont know if we can make top 4 finish…only arsenal dont do any signing..no reinforcement.. :(

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  21. Eugene Danso

    2 shit teams 2 meet. Wenger n his employers are not ashamed we’ve not won anything since 2005.

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  22. Mike

    I don’t normally have a good feeling about our games but i’ve a very strong feeling we are going to hammer Liverpool tomorrow night,maybe 4-1 ish.

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  23. Twig

    Poor Walcott. He’s seeing his chances of being Arsenal’s main striker grow remote by the day :-(

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  24. ljgomez

    giroud misses more chances than he converts. this season is a mess. start theo up top

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  25. Gundam

    ive been saying all season, Giroud will get a hat-trick…. still hasn’t but he will this week – 4 goals

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  26. WC

    Matt Smith showed that a little physicality can rattle the Liverpool defense. Also with Reina apparently injured, Jones is a bigger liability.

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  27. Mark

    Sorry but to me the jury is still out on Giroud. Yes he has done well in his last two games, but lets not forget that was against a woeful West Ham, and division 1 Brighton. Lets see how he goes from now on until the end of the season against some of teh better teams like Liverpool tonight, Bayern, and Man U when they come up again. Then we can judge him. His displays so far this season against teh better teams have not been anything spectacular.

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  28. Thiery

    Mark my words! Giroud will be top scorer next season. He has everything a top class striker needs! movement, a great first touch, good vision and can strike of both feet. Only thing he needs to develop is his confidence. I for one am very confident!! Wenger hold on to this boy!!

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