Arsenal may be forced to spend big on a striker this summer with rumours swirling that Olivier Giroud is the subject of interest from one of the Gunners’ London rivals.
The Frenchman has proved time and time again that he is good enough to play week in, week out at a top club, but with Alexis Sanchez in the same side Giroud has, unfortunately, found consistent game time difficult to come by.
Last term, the 30-year-old made just four 90-minute appearances in the Premier League. Despite this, he showed his prowess in front of goal, scoring twelve times. He also netted two in the Champions League and helped Arsenal on their way to FA Cup glory with a further two en route to Wembley.
It is evident, then, that when the former Montpellier man is given his chance he performs. And a club which may be willing to give him more of these chances is West Ham United.
Sky Sports are reporting that the Hammers are trying to tempt him across London in what would be a shrewd signing for a club which somewhat surprisingly regressed last term despite a positive outlook for the club this time last year.
Slaven Bilic is a great tactician and a signing of this magnitude could be huge in helping the Hammers score goals more consistently. If West Ham can add a link up player between midfield and Giroud – should he join – then a season chasing a European place is not implausible.
As much a peripheral figure as he has been at the Emirates for much of his tenure there, Giroud’s value off the bench would surely be missed by the fans if he leaves, if not the manager himself.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena