While much talk has been going on regarding Arsenal’s fragile defence, one question comes to mind here: are the Gunners’ attacking force equally good enough?
Obviously, they have a very young talented group of attacking options like Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Gervinho, and Lukas Podolski, but do they play in the right system?
For instance, Giroud is the main striker for the Gunners. In theory, the team has to play according to his strengths so that he can score more goals for Arsenal. And likewise, they should not start playing in the way that falls under his weaknesses.
Obviously, when Wenger has signed a player, he must have done enough homework before that. But, so far, the evidence is not there.
Giroud is such a type of striker who is very strong in the air and has a robust presence in the penalty box. He is typical traditional winger’s favourite type of player, who loves to meet crosses and heads in aerial balls.
But, unfortunately none of Arsenal wingers play according to his strengths. Both Walcott and Podolski love to cut inside and shoot instead of hugging the touchline and provide dangerous crosses for the striker to impose his authority in the penalty box.
Likewise, other midfielders who are deployed in the wings this season like Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey (the less said about him, better it is) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are more-or-less similar sort of players who likes to cut in and play one-two passes or take shot from the edge of the box.
Instead of Arsenal trying to mould the system to get the best out of Giroud, it is the Frenchman who is trying his best to change accordingly.