By Aramide Oladipo
BBC pundit Danny Murphy believes that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is a great option as a back-up but claimed that he “wouldn’t have him leading the line in any of the other top-six sides”.
The 30-year-old enjoyed a fantastic start to the new Premier League season as he came off the bench and scored the winning goal as the Gunners produced a wonderful comeback to beat Leicester City 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium last Friday.
With Arsenal securing the signature of centre-forward Alexandre Lacazette this summer, Giroud might not be guaranteed too many starts at the club this season.
Writing in his column for the Evening Standard, Murphy, who is a regular on BBC, reveals that he would be stunned if another top-flight team doesn’t try and sign the French before the transfer window shuts.
“I would be amazed if someone does not pick up the phone to Arsenal to make a final attempt to sign Olivier Giroud before the transfer window closes,” he wrote
“If you can keep a player like that as a back-up striker, you are in a fantastic position.
“The thing with Giroud is that I wouldn’t have him leading the line in any of the other top-six sides – so what does a player in this position prefer to do?
“It might sound unusual to players of my generation, but some footballers would rather play less and win more. Not everyone enjoys the pressure of having to perform every single week.”
The Frenchman was reduced to cameo appearances last season as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger elected to go with Alexis Sanchez as the lone striker from the start.
Giroud still managed to find himself on the scoresheet, notching up 16 goals and providing seven assists in all competitions last season.
The striker is likely to feature for the Gunners this weekend as they travel to the bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City.
In other Arsenal news, Manchester United are set to hijack the Gunners’ pursuit of a Monaco winger.